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."