J.T. TUIMOLOAU NAMED THE 2020-21 POLYNESIAN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Honolulu, HI (May 26, 2021) – J.T. Tuimoloau has been selected as the 2020-21 Polynesian High School Football Player of the Year. The Award is presented annually to the most outstanding senior high school football player of Polynesian Ancestry.
Current San Francisco 49ers Safety Talanoa Hufanga was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Award in 2017. BYU WR Puka Nacua & University of Alabama QB Taulia Tagovailoa were selected as co-players of the year in 2018. And Clemson QB DJ Uiagalelei received the Award in 2019.
J.T. Tuimoloau, of Samoan Ancestry, is a Defensive End for the Eastside Catholic Crusaders (Sammamish, WA). He was ranked as the number one overall player in the country for the entire 2020-21 football season. Tuimoloau led his team in tackles (64) and sacks (11) his junior year (2019). He was selected to the 2021 Polynesian Bowl.
ABOUT THE POLYNESIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honors Polynesia’s greatest players, coaches and contributors. It also serves as a resource for Polynesian football history, provides academic scholarships and supports educational programs for Polynesian youth. Its permanent home is located at the Polynesian Cultural Center (Lāʻie on O’ahu’s North Shore) and was established in 2013 by Super Bowl Champions Jesse Sapolu and Ma’a Tanuvasa. Other board members include Troy Polamalu, Vai Sikahema, June Jones and Reno Mahe. For more information, visit www.PolynesianFootballHOF.org.
ABOUT THE POLYNESIAN BOWL:
The Polynesian Bowl is held annually during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week and is televised LIVE on CBS Sports Network. Major sponsors include adidas, BodyArmor, CrossCountry Mortgage, Friends of Hawai’i Charities, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council, Hawai’i News Now, Hawai’i Tourism Authority, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel and Riddell.