This is the first of a series on former Gopher athletes and what they're up to now based on approximately 7 minutes of internet research.
Tutu Atwell played wide receiver for the Gophers from 1994-1997. In 45 games he amassed 171 catches for 2640 yards. Check out how sick he looks in this photo here:
Tutu was a favorite of mine. Which led me to start the WATNATG series. So, without further ado, let's see what he's up to.
Right off the bat we get a few pieces of juicy information. According to LostLettermen.com, Tutu's full name is Chatarius "Tutu" Atwell. Chatarius is such a bad ass name that it looks like Tutu named his son Chatarius Atwell Jr. But wait, what's this? LostLettermen indicates Tutu's son is named "Chartarius". Now I'm lost. I don't know a lot of Chatarii, so I can't tell if the "r" should be there or not. After googling both Chatarius and Chartarius I come to the conclusion that there is no bonus "r". Phew - mystery solved! Anyway, according to LL.com, his son plays football and runs track like a god-damned deer.
Tutu had a cup of coffee with the Detroit Lions in 1998, but since the Lions are known for making horrible personnel decisions, they cut him loose.
In 2008, as a 9 year old, Chatarius Jr. ran 200 meters in 34.05 seconds. Sounds pretty fast I guess.
Tutu has a player page on ESPN saying he was a member of the Colts. It's completely devoid of information. Weird.
Other than that, it appears Tutu has disappeared off the face of the earth. Hopefully the guy is ok. Tutu, holla at your boy!