HONOLULU – Al "The Samoan Sack Man" Noga will serve as the honorary captain for the University of Hawai‘i football team at Saturday's Homecoming Game against Colorado State. Noga will join the UH team captains for the coin toss.
A four-year letterman for the Rainbow Warriors from 1984-87, Noga is the school's only Associated Press first-team All-American, having earned that honor as a junior in 1986. Also that year, he was named the Western Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's top defensive player. That season, the Honolulu native set single-season school records of 17 sacks, 31 tackles-for-loss and six forced fumbles.
During his career, Noga was a three-time first-team all-WAC, and still holds career records for tackles for loss (70) and forced fumbles (15).
Noga, whose brothers Niko and Peter were also standout defensive players for UH, was drafted in the third round of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. The Farrington High School graduate went on to a seven-year NFL career and totaled 34.5 sacks. He also played parts of four seasons in the Arena Football League.
Noga was listed No. 46 of Sports Illustrated's "50 Greatest Hawai‘i Sports Figures" in 1999 and No. 3 in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin's list of UH's Top 100 football players of the century in 2009.
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