The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announces its Finalists

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announces its Finalists
24 Sep
2017
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The Honolulu based Polynesian Football Hall of Fame has announced their nominees for their Class of 2018. This group consists of 15 former players and 3 contributors.

The nominees are as follows:

Players:

Tony Banks (Samoan Ancestry), Quarterback: Michigan State, St. Louis Rams, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans.

A three sport letterman in high school, Banks threw for 4,129 Yards at Michigan State and was the first Quarterback chosen in the 1996 Draft. As a pro, he was a backup for the Super Bowl XXXV winning Baltimore Ravens and would tally 15,315 Yards with 77 Touchdown Passes.

Herman “Buddy” Pi’ikei Clark (Hawaiian Ancestry), Offensive Lineman: Oregon State, Chicago Bears.

From Honolulu, Herman Clark played four seasons with the Bears in the 1950’s.

David Dixon (Maori Ancestry), Offensive Guard: Arizona State, Minnesota Vikings.

Born in New Zealand, Dixon was a member of the Vikings for eleven seasons. He started 134 Games.

Malcolm Floyd (Samoan Ancestry), Wide Receiver: Wyoming, San Diego Chargers.

A ten year veteran with the Chargers, Floyd would catch 321 passes for 5,550 Yards.

Chris Kemoeatu (Tongan Ancestry), Offensive Guard: Utah, Pittsburgh Steelers.

Playing seven seasons with the Steelers, Kemoeatu would win two Super Bowls.

Ma’ake Tu’amelie Kemoeatu (Tongan Ancestry), Defensive Tackle: Utah, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins.

The older of brother of Chris Kemoeatu, Ma’ake was a Super Bowl Champion with Baltimore.

Alapati “Al” Noga (Samoan Ancestry), Defensive Tackle: Hawai’i, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, Indianapolis Colts.

Noga was a former Outland Trophy nominee and was a seven year NFL veteran. He recorded 34.5 Sacks in the NFL.

Falaniki “Niko” Noga, Linebacker (Samoan Ancestry), Linebacker: Hawai’i, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions.

Noga played eight seasons in the NGL and had 7 Sacks.

Joe Fagaone Salave’a, (Samoan Ancestry), Defensive Lineman: Arizona, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins.

Salave’a played eight years in the NFL mostly as a backup.

Dan Saleaumua, (Samoan Ancestry), Defensive Tackle: Arizona State, Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks.

Saleaumua had 33.5 Sacks and was a Pro Bowl Selection in 1995.

Mosiula Mea’alofa Lofa” Tatupu, (Samoan Ancestry), Linebacker: USC, Seattle Seahawks.

Tatupu was an All-American in 2004 and went to three Pro Bowls (2005-07).  

Apusaloma “Pisa” Tinoisamoa, (Samoan Ancestry), Linebacker: Hawai’i, St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears.

Tinoisamoa was First Team All-WAC in 2001 and had 486 Tackles as a pro.

Manu’ula “Manu” Asovalu Tuiasosopo (Samoan Ancestry), Defensive Lineman: UCLA, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers.

Tuiasosopo is a Super Bowl winner with San Francisco in Super Bowl XIX.

Marques Tavita Tuiasosopo (Samoan Ancestry), Quarterback: Washington, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets.

The son of Manu Tuiasosopo, Marques was the Rose Bowl MVP in 2001.

Kimo von Oelhoffen (Hawaiian Ancestry). Defensive Lineman: Boise State, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles.

The Defensive Lineman was a fourteen year NFL pro and is a Super Bowl Champion with the Steelers.

Contributors:

Bob Apisa (Samoan Ancestry), Fullback: Michigan State: Apisa was the first Samoan to be named an All-American.

Thomas Ka’auwai Ka’ulukukai (Hawaiian Ancestry): Former coach at

the University of Hawai’i.

Charlie Wedemeyer (Hawaiian Ancestry): Former High School Coach.

Five inductees (four players and one contributor) will be announced on October 10, 2017.
Committee Chairman

Kirk Buchner, "The Committee Chairman", is the owner and operator of the site.  Kirk can be contacted at [email protected] . Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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