Smith-Schuster named 2018 Polynesian Pro Football Player of the Year, Fairbairn receives award for excellence

Smith-Schuster named 2018 Polynesian Pro Football Player of the Year, Fairbairn receives award for excellence
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has been named the 2018 Polynesian Pro Football Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced the award this morning.

Smith-Schuster, of Samoan ancestry, finished the 2018 campaign tied for sixth in the NFL with 111 receptions, 1,426 receiving yards (5th) and scored seven touchdowns. He also posted eight 100-yard receiving games throughout the season.

Additionally, Houston Texans kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn will be honored as the 2018 recipient of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Kupono Award for Excellence.

Fairbairn led the NFL with 37 field goals made and has set the Texans franchise record for the most made field goals in a single season.

"On behalf of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Board of Directors, we congratulate JuJu and Ka'imi on terrific seasons," said Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Chairman Jesse Sapolu in a statement. "They truly represent the very best of our Polynesian culture."

The formal presentation of the Awards will be held during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Celebration Dinner (January 18) along with being recognized at the Polynesian Bowl on January 19th.

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