Polynesian Football HOF announces 2016 finalists

HONOLULU — The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced 25 finalists will be on the ballot for induction into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016. The list includes 20 players and five coaches/contributors.

The finalists were chosen from a field of over 200 nominees by a selection committee which includes coach Dick Tomey.

“Over the past several weeks, the selection committee has been deliberating over the 2016 finalists,” Tomey said. “This is quite a challenge because there are so many great Polynesian players, coaches and contributors that have made an incredible impact on the game of football.”

This year’s inductees will be announced on Oct. 7. They will be honored during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend, to be held at the Hawaii Convention Center and at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Jan. 29 and 30.

Player Finalists

Junior Ah You (DL) 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) 9 years, Maori ancestry

Rockne Crowningburg Freitas (OL) Oregon State, Pro: NFL (DET, TB) 11 years, Hawaiian ancestry

Maake Tuamelie Kemoeatu (DT) Utah, Pro: NFL (BAL, CAR, WAS) 11 years, Tongan ancestry

Brandon Manumaleuna (TE) Arizona, Pro: NFL (STL, SD, CHI) 10 years, Samoan ancestry

Chris Naeole (OL) Colorado, Pro: NFL (NO, JAX) 11 years, Hawaiian ancestry

Alapati “Al” Noga (DL) Hawai’i, Pro: NFL (MIN, WAS, IND) 7 years, Samoan ancestry

Niko Noga (LB) Hawai’i, Pro: NFL (AZ, DET) 8 years, Samoan ancestry

Troy Polamalu (DB) USC, PRO: NFL (PIT) 12 years, Samoan ancestry

Joe Fagaone Salavea (DL) Arizona, Pro: NFL (TEN, BAL, SD, WAS) 8 years, Samoan ancestry

Dan Saleaumua (DL) Arizona State, Pro: NFL (DET, KC, SEA) 12 years, Samoan ancestry

Vai Sikahema (RB/KR) BYU, Pro: NFL (AZ, GB, PHI) 8 years, Tongan ancestry

Maa Tanuvasa (DE) Hawai’i, Pro: NFL (STL, PIT, DEN, SD, ATL) 9 years, Samoan ancestry

Mosiula Meaalofa “Lofa” Tatupu (LB) USC, Pro: NFL (SEA) 6 years, Samoan ancestry

Manu’ula “Manu” Asovalu Tuiasosopo (DL) UCLA, Pro: NFL (SEA, SF) 8 years, Samoan ancestry

Marques Tavita Tuiasosopo (QB) Washington, Pro: NFL (OAK, NYJ) 8 years, Samoan ancestry

Kimo von Oelhoffen (DL) Boise State, Pro: NFL (CIN, PIT, NYJ, PHI) 14 years, Hawaiian ancestry

Coach and Contributor Finalists

Thomas Kaauwai Kaulukukui, Former Head Coach at University of Hawaii, Hawaiian ancestry

Cal Lee, Former Head Football Coach, St. Louis High School (HI), Hawaiian ancestry

Albert “Al” Lolotai, First Polynesian to play Professional Football, Samoan ancestry

John Manumaleuna, Southern California Advocate for Polynesian Youth, Samoan ancestry

Charlie Wedemeyer, Former Head Football Coach, Los Gatos High School (CA), Hawaiian ancestry

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