Bandits linebacker Tonga turning focus to family after injury


Tonga, who has been the face of the Sioux City Bandits for many of his nine years with the team, is retiring after the 2013 season ended with a semifinal playoff loss to Salina. Tonga suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his knee in the fourth quarter of the game.

“I have always said that I would play until I had a son or daughter and we just found out a little while ago my wife is pregnant,” said the Bandits career leader in tackles. “I guess that just puts life into more of a perspective. Before the injury I knew I was going to retire.”

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