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Polynesian Football HOF Announces Inaugural Class Finalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

At a glance:

  • Twenty-five Finalists are selected from over 100 nominees. 
  • Seven will be selected for the Inaugural Class to be announced October 9, 2013. 
  • Inductees will be honored at the Inaugural Enshrinement Ceremony which will be held Thursday, January 23, 2014 in Honolulu prior to the NFL Pro Bowl. 


HONOLULU, HI (September 11, 2013) – The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced today 25
Finalists will be on the ballot for inaugural induction into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. The list
includes 20 players and five coaches/contributors.

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 Selection Committee is as notable and recognizable in coaching, media and player personnel as you can get. They have a unique perspective, appreciation and understanding of Polynesia’s contribution to the game,” said Vai Sikahema, member of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Board of Directors.


The committee will meet again in the coming weeks to select the seven members (six players and one
coach/contributor) to be inducted as the Inaugural Class for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.
Members of the Board of Directors have asked to be excluded from consideration for this first class.


“The Selection Committee has been hard at work,” said Dick Tomey, Chairman. “This is quite a challenge as there are so many great Polynesian football players, coaches and contributors to consider.”


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 (Honolulu) on January 23, 2014 prior to the NFL Pro Bowl.

To learn more, please visit…

www.PolynesianFootballHOF.org

www.Twitter.com/PolynesianFBHOF

www.Facebook.com/PolynesianFootballHallofFame


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 State, 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 College, Pro: AAFL (Dons, BAL) 2 years, Hawaiian ancestry 


COACH & CONTRIBUTOR FINALISTS

  • Thomas Ka’auwai Ka’ulukukui, Former Head football Coach at University of Hawai’i, Hawaiian ancestry 
  • Albert “Al” Lolotai (OL) Weber JC, Pro: NFL (WAS), AAFL (Dons), 4 years, Samoan ancestry 
  • John Manumaleuna, Contributor, Southern California Advocate for Polynesian Youth, Samoan ancestry 
  • Ken Niumatalolo, Head Football Coach at United States Naval Academy, Samoan ancestry 
  • Charlie Wedemeyer, Former Head Football Coach, Los Gatos High School (CA), Hawaiian ancestry 


About the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame

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.

Media Contact: Phil Hetu, C. 702.715.5355, P[email protected]