Mahelona played two seasons of football at Tennessee after transferring from Orange Cost College in California. He was named Sporting News All-America and All-SEC after the Volunteers' 2004 campaign. Mahelona had a brief NFL career that included stops with the Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jesse Mahelona Trust. All proceeds from the trust will be directed to Mahelona's wife, Brandee Kukita-Mahelona, who is pregnant with the couple's second child, and his 19-month-old daughter, Karter.
For more information and for contact information, visit www.jessestrust.com.
Contact: Ellen Tapper, (865) 202-3487.