Former Seahawks Among Finalists for Polynesian Football Hall of Fame

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September 12, 2013

By Bill Boehlke

Manu'ula “Manu” Tuiasosopo | Kevin Mawae

Manu’ula “Manu” Tuiasosopo | Kevin Mawae

Former Seahawks defensive lineman Manu’ula “Manu” Tuiasosopo joins former Seahawks center Kevin Mawae on the list of 25 finalists for inaugural induction into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

Tuiasosopo played for the Seahawks from 1979-1983, and was with San Francisco from 1984-1986. Mawae played for the Seahawks (1994–1997), the New York Jets (1998–2005), and Tennessee Titans (2006–2009). He started his pro career at right guard, moving to the center positon in 1996 where he played the rest of his career. Mawae was elected for the Pro Bowl on six consecutive occasions (1999–2004), and was an eight-time All-Pro. He also served two terms as NFLPA president.

Also on the list of finalists is Jack Thompson, “The Throwin’ Samoan”, who played quarterback at Washington State, and had an NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals (1979-1982) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1983-1984).

The Finalists were selected from a field of over 100 nominees by a selection committee comprised of former college head football coaches Dick Tomey, LaVell Edwards, Ron McBride, ESPN sportscaster Neil Everett, NFL player personnel expert Gil Brandt, and Honolulu sportscaster Robert Kekaula.

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame inaugural inductees will be announced on October 9, 2013. They will be honored at the Inaugural Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony, to be held at the Hawai’i Convention Center in Honolulu on January 23, 2014 prior to the NFL Pro Bowl.

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame will serve as a resource for Polynesian Football history, provide college scholarships designated for student-athletes of Polynesian ancestry, educational programs focusing on character and teamwork for Polynesian youth and support other initiatives positively impacting Polynesian culture and heritage. A permanent home within an existing historical landmark or building located in Hawai’i will be sought.

PLAYER FINALISTS:

  • George Achica (DT) USC, Pro: NFL (IND) USFL 3 years, Samoan ancestry
  • Junior Ah You (DE) Arizona State, Pro: CFL USFL 12 years, Samoan ancestry
  • Bob Apisa (FB/HB) Michigan State, Pro: NFL (GB) 1 year, Samoan ancestry
  • Charles “Charlie” Teetai Ane, Jr. (OL) USC, Pro: NFL (DET) 6 years, Samoan ancestry
  • Herman “Buddy” Piikei Clark (OL) Oregon State, Pro: NFL (CHI) 4 years, Hawaiian ancestry
  • Riki Morgan Ellison (LB) USC, Pro: NFL (SF, OAK) 8 years, Maori ancestry
  • Luther John Elliss (DT) Utah, Pro: NFL (DET, DEN) 9 years, Samoan ancestry
  • Rockne Crowningburg Freitas (OL) Oregon St., Pro: NFL (DET, TB) 10 years, Hawaiian ancestry
  • Kurt Keola Gouveia (LB) BYU, Pro: NFL (WAS, PHI, SD) 13 years, Hawaiian ancestry
  • Ma’ake Tu’amelie Kemoeatu (DT) Utah, Pro: NFL (BAL, CAR, WAS) 11 years, Tongan ancestry
  • Olin George Kreutz (C) Washington, Pro: NFL (CHI, NO) 14 years, Hawaiian ancestry
  • Kevin James Mawae C) LSU, Pro: NFL (SEA, NYJ, TEN) 16 years, Hawaiian ancestry
  • Alapati “Al” Noga (DL) Hawai’i, Pro: NFL (MIN, WAS, IND) 6 years, Samoan ancestry
  • Tiaina Baul “Junior” Seau, Jr. (LB) USC, Pro: NFL (SD, NE, MIA) 20 years, Samoan ancestry
  • Ray Frederick Schoenke (OT/OG) SMU, Pro: NFL (DAL, WAS) 12 years, Hawaiian ancestry
  • Mosiula “Mosi” Faasuka Tatupu (RB/KR) USC, Pro: NFL (NE, STL) 14 years, Samoan ancestry
  • Jack Thompson (QB) Washington State, Pro: NFL (CIN, TB) 6 years, Samoan ancestry
  • Manu’ula “Manu” Asovalu Tuiasosopo (DL) UCLA, Pro: NFL (SEA, SF) 7 years, Samoan ancestry
  • Mark Pulemau Tuinei (OT) Hawai’i, Pro: NFL (DAL) 15 years, Samoan ancestry
  • Herman John Wedemeyer (HB) St. Mary’s, Pro: AAFL (Dons, BAL) 2 years, Hawaiian ancestry

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