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Polynesian Pro Football Player of the Year Award watch list announced

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced today the watch list for the 2016 Polynesian Pro Football Player of the Year Award, presented by Hawaiian Airlines. The award recognizes the most outstanding professional football player of Polynesian Ancestry.  Arizona Cardinals Offensive Lineman Mike Iupati was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Award in 2015.

Five finalists will be unveiled on December 28 and the winner will be announced on January 5, 2017.  The formal presentation of the award will be held during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend on January 21 & 22, 2017 in Oahu, Hawai'i.

“This award showcases the immense talent of our Polynesian athletes at the highest level of football,” said Jesse Sapolu, Chairman and Co-Founder.  “The growth and success of professional football players of Polynesian ancestry has been extraordinary.”

 The Watch List candidates have been selected based on past performance and future potential. Additions to the list may be made as the season progresses. The finalists and the winner will be chosen by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, which is composed of former Coaches Dick Tomey (Chairman), LaVell Edwards, Ron McBride, and Dick Vermeil, past NFLPA President and Inaugural Inductee Kevin Mawae, ESPN Sportscaster Neil Everett, NFL player personnel legend Gil Brandt and Honolulu Sportscaster Robert Kekaula.

POLYNESIAN PRO FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST

Player Full Name

Team

Position

Ancestry

DeForest Buckner

San Francisco 49er's

DL

Samoan

Jordan Cameron

Miami Dolphins

TE

Samoan

Kai Forbath

New Orleans Saints

K

Hawaiian

Mike Iupati

Arizona Cardinals

G

Samoan

Paul Lasike

Chicago Bears

FB

Tongan

Star Lotulelei

Carolina Panthers

DT

Tongan

Marcus Mariota

Tennessee Titans

QB

Samoan

Rey Maualuga

Cincinnati Bengals

LB

Samoan

Roy Miller

Jacksonville Jaguars

DT

Samoan

Koa Misi

Miami Dolphins

LB

Tongan

Haloti Ngata

Detroit Lions

DT

Tongan

Nate Orchard

Cleveland Browns

LB

Samoan

Domata Peko

Cincinnati Bengals

DT

Samoan

Mike Purcell

San Francisco 49er's

NT

Samoan

Danny Shelton

Cleveland Browns

DL

Samoan

Ronnie Stanley

Baltimore Ravens

T

Tongan

Xavier Su'a-Filo

Houston Texans

OG

Samoan

Manti Te'o

San Diego Chargers

LB

Samoan

Larry Warford

Detroit Lions

G

Samoan

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