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18 finalists selected for induction into Polynesian Football Hall of Fame 2017

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The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced that 18 finalists have been selected for induction into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

The finalists were selected from a field of more than 200 nominees by past head football coaches Dick Tomey, LaVell Edwards, Ron McBride and Dick Vermeil; ESPN SportsCenter anchor Neil Everett; and several others.

This year’s inductees will be announced on Oct. 12, 2016. They will be honored during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Jan. 21 and Jan. 22, 2017.

Here is the list:

CLASS OF 2017 PLAYER FINALISTS

  • 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
  • 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
  • Ma'ake Tu'amelie Kemoeatu (DT) Utah, Pro: NFL (BAL, CAR, WAS) 9 years, Tongan ancestry
  • Chris Naeole (G) Colorado, Pro: NFL (NO, JAX) 12 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
  • Joe Fagaone Salave'a (DL) Arizona, Pro: NFL (TEN, BAL, SD, WAS) 8 years, Samoan ancestry
  • Dan Saleaumua (DT) Arizona State, Pro: NFL (DET, KC, SEA) 12 years, Samoan ancestry
  • Ma’a Tanuvasa (DE) Hawai’i, Pro: NFL (STL, PIT, DEN, SD, ATL) 9 years, Samoan ancestry
  • Mosiula Mea'alofa "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

CLASS OF 2017 COACH & CONTRIBUTOR FINALISTS

  • Thomas Ka’auwai Ka’ulukukui, Former Head Football Coach at University of Hawai’i, Hawaiian 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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