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.”