Setema Gali (BS Sociology ‘01, MPA ‘14) was an All-Conference defensive end and team captain for the BYU Cougars and then Super Bowl Champion with the New England Patriots. But he is also a living example of winning after the game.
Since retiring from the NFL, Setema has built world-class businesses and teams in the areas of mortgages and real estate, direct sales, consulting, coaching, and mentoring. Setema has faced hardship, the fall of markets, losses of a business he built and yet he has proven time and time again that mindset and discipline aligned with a holy cause can restore you to the top of your game. He has authored several books and is the creator and leader of the Prosperity Revolution ― a movement of leaders across the globe who are ruthlessly committed to living powerfully and creating results that matter.
Setema loved his professors and the football program at BYU. He recalls that his entire BYU experience was perfect for him and instrumental in helping him learn and grow to the man he is today. He credits the environment, the atmosphere, the Church, the activities, the culture, the campus, and everything in between as shaping his paradigm and testimony that prepared him to fulfill his mission on this planet.
Setema counts serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Micronesia Guam, 1995–97) and marrying his wife Laina as his two most important life decisions. The mission was massive in setting his life trajectory and his marriage is a solid foundation of trust and endless possibilities. He and Laina currently live in Orange County, California, with their three sons. He says being a dad changes everything — it has shaped him in ways that business and football could not have.