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31 Samoan and Tongans on the NFL roster
« on: March 01, 2010, 09:37:49 AM »


Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that 21 Samoans and 10 Tongans are on the official rosters of the thirty-two teams in the National Football League (NFL). This includes eight players that were drafted in the seven rounds of the NFL draft in early April of this year.

"I want to congratulate all the Polynesian players for their success and being able to make it into this year's NFL season," Faleomavaega said. "Being on an NFL roster is the highest achievement for any football player. The first step in reaching this goal begins as a student athlete in high school, then to college, and eventually to the NFL. The competition itself is a daunting task given that the NFL allows a limited number of slots available per team - 53 active players and 8 on the practice squad. I am proud of these players because their success is a remarkable example of hard work, passion, and determination."

"I want to also recognize Coach Ken Niumatalolo and his success at Navy with their impressive record of 8-3 and after defeating Notre Dame in South Bend became bowl eligible for the seventh straight season. I am excited for next week when Ken coaches his Midshipmen against his alma mater, the University of Hawaii Warriors, in Hawaii where he used to quarterback in the late 1980's. I wish him the best of luck for the rest of the season," concluded Faleomavaega.

The names of the NFL players and the teams they play for are as follows:

SAMOAN & TONGAN NFL PLAYERS
NAME    TEAM    POSITION
SAMOAN
1   JONATHAN FANENE    AS    BENGALS    DE
2   DOMATA PEKO    AS    BENGALS    DT
3   PAUL SOLIAI    AS    DOLPHINS    DT
4   JUNIOR SIAVII    AS    COWBOYS    DT
5   ISAAC SOPOAGA    AS    49ERS    DE
6   REY MAUALUGA    CA    BENGALS    DE
7   TALAVOU KELLY    USA   RAVENS    NT
8   KALUKA MAIAVA    HI    BROWNS    LB
9   TROY POLUMALU    CA    STEELERS    SS
1 0  VINCE MANUWAI    HI    JAGUARS    G
11   JUNIOR SEAU    CA    PATRIOTS    LB
12   PITOITUA ROPATI    USA   JETS    DT
13   SAMSON SATELE    HI    RAIDERS    C
14   BRANDON MANUMALEUNA   CA    CHARGERS    TE
15   AL AFALAVA    HI    BEARS    SS
16   PISA TINOISAMOA    CA    BEARS    LB
17   MATT TOEAINA    CA    BEARS    DT
18   ROY MILLER    WA    BUCCANEERS    DT
19   MIKE SELLERS    WA    REDSKINS    FB
20   LOFA TATUPU    MA    SEAHAWKS    LB
21   CJ AH YOU    HI    RAMS    DT
TONGAN
1   HALOTI NGATA    UT   RAVENS    DE
2   DAVID VEIKUNE    USA   BROWNS    DE
3   CHRIS KEMOEATU    HI    STEELERS    OT
4   FILI MOALA    USA   COLTS    DT
5   FUI VAKAPUNA    UT   BENGALS    FB
6   TAHI NAUFAHU    UT    VIKINGS    FB
7   MAAKE MEOEATU    HI    PANTHERS    DT
8   FENUKI TUPOU    USA   EAGLES    T
9   DEUCE LUTUI    USA   CARDINALS    G
10   MOISE FOKOU    USA   EAGLES    LB

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Four Samoans added to NFL in esrly 2010 draft rounds
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2012, 09:05:08 AM »
In 2010, the National Football League included a total of 1,696 players. Of those players, 28 of them were from American Samoa.

In the 2010 draft, four Samoans were selected in the first four rounds including Nebraska's Toniu Fonoti (second round, San Diego) and UNLV's Anton Palepoi (second round, Seattle).

Out of those players, the best-known is Troy Polamalu, a native of Samoa who attended the University of Southern California. He has played for the Pittsburgh Steelers his whole career and has been on two Super Bowl winning teams, in 2006 and 2009.

With only 65,000 people living in American Samoa today, it has been said that a Samoan boy is forty times more likely to reach the NFL than a boy born in the United States. University of Washington defensive lineman Tui Alailefaleula, a native of American Samoa, said "It's the sport we were born to play, football is the game where we can reach our goals and help our families."

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Re: Four Samoans added to NFL in esrly 2010 draft rounds
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2016, 11:51:21 PM »
it has been said that a Samoan boy is forty times more likely to reach the NFL than a boy born in the United States.

That's incredible. I guess it must have something to do with genetics and upbringing and good discipline.

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Re: Four Samoans added to NFL in esrly 2010 draft rounds
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2017, 09:47:42 PM »

Out of those players, the best-known is Troy Polamalu, a native of Samoa who attended the University of Southern California. He has played for the Pittsburgh Steelers his whole career and has been on two Super Bowl winning teams, in 2006 and 2009.

Source: Wikipedia

I also know Troy Polamalu,as you said the source from wiki,but why i cannt find it?

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Re: 31 Samoan and Tongans on the NFL roster
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2017, 11:29:27 PM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troy_Polamalu

Troy Aumua Polamalu; born Troy Aumua; April 19, 1981) is a former American football strong safety of Samoan descent who played his entire twelve-year career for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Southern California (USC), and earned consensus All-American honors. He was chosen by the Steelers in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He was a member of two of the Steelers' Super Bowl championship teams, and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.

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52 Samoan and Tongans on the NFL roster
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2017, 11:33:16 PM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:American_players_of_American_football_of_Samoan_descent
A
    C. J. Ah You
    Junior Ah You
    Clifton Alapa
    Afa Anoaʻi Jr.
B
    Inoke Breckterfield
C
    Su'a Cravens
D
    Hershel Dennis
E
    Pita Elisara
    Luther Elliss
F
    Nuu Faaola
    Eletise Fiatoa
    Malcom Floyd
    Chris Fuamatu-Maʻafala
G
    Setema Gali
H
 Al Harrington (actor)

I
    Nate Ilaoa
    Joey Iosefa
J
    Dwayne Johnson
K
    Senio Kelemete
L
    Shawn Lauvao
    Sefo Liufau
M
    Frank Manumaleuga
    Brandon Manumaleuna
    Marcus Mariota
    Rey Maualuga
    Josh Mauga
    Roy Miller (American football)
    Louis Murphy
N
    Jim Nicholson (American football)
    Ken Niumatalolo
P
    Joe Paopao
    Troy Polamalu
    Tavita Pritchard
R
    Roman Reigns
S
    Dan Saleaumua
    Samson Satele
    Junior Seau
    Mike Sellers
    Danny Shelton
    Paul Soliai
T
    Lofa Tatupu
    Vai Taua
    Junior Tautalatasi
    Manti Te'o
    Martin Tevaseu
    Jack Thompson (American football)
    Pisa Tinoisamoa
    Matt Toeaina
    Pago Togafau
    Esera Tuaolo
    Manu Tuiasosopo
    Marques Tuiasosopo

 


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