Polynesian Honors for Dan & Lofa
Dan Saleaumua and Lofa Tatupu are among the 4 inductees selected from a list of 12 finalists for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Saleaumua was a defensive tackle for the Seahawks for 2 seasons (1997-1998), and also played for the Detroit Lions (1987-1988) and Kansas City Chiefs (1989-1996).
He started 9 of the 16 games he played in the 1997 season, and 6 of the 11 games played in 1998, his final NFL season. He still holds the Kansas City Chiefs record for most fumble recoveries with 18.
Tatupu was a linebacker for the Seahawks for 6 seasons (2005-2010). His dad, Mosi, who played for the New England Patriots, was inducted into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame in 2015.
Lofa had 2 interceptions returned for touchdowns: the first in his rookie season, and the second in his final season. He was a 3x Pro Bowl Selection (2005, 2006, 2007), a First Team All-Pro Selection (2007), and was selected to Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team.
Saleaumua and Tatupu were also among the finalists for the Class of 2018.
Joining Saleaumua and Tatupu in the Class of 2019 are Marques Tuiasosopo, the son of Seahawks Legend Manu Tuiasosopo, who was also a member of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Marques was a quarterback for the University of Washington (1997-2000), and played in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders (2001-2006, 2008) and New York Jets (2007).
Rounding out the Class of 2019 is Joe Salave’a, a defensive lineman who played 8 seasons in the NFL: with the Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Chargers, and the Washington Redskins.
All are of Samoan ancestry.
The Class of 2019 will be honored during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, and during the Polynesian Bowl on January 18 & 19, 2019.