Former UH Football Stars First Week at NFL

Samson Satele
Samson Satele
Ikaika Alama-Francis
Ikaika Alama-Francis
May 8, 2007 01:36 PM

HONOLULU (KHNL)- What a week its been for a bunch of ex-UH football stars.

10 days ago, they were at home, looking forward to the NFL draft.

Today, they've already taken their first steps in the league.

For the Miami Dolphins, last weekend's mini-camp is almost like a mini-UH workout.

3 guys with Hawaii ties took their first steps with the team, including lineman Samson Satele, who found his first NFL days a little busy.

"I just got to calm down for a while, says Satele. It's like these are the guys I used to watch not too long ago. And now I'm here and I just got to slow down things."

Samson was a second round pick of the Fins.

Fullback Reagan Mauia joined him in round 6.

And tackle Tala Esera is a free agent in Miami.

All 3 make Miami a home away from home.

At Hawaii we have this family bond. We call it Ohana. And I'm just happy that they're both here.

Up in Detroit, Hawaii's highest draft pick is also thru his first taste of the NFL life.

Ikaika Alama Francis spent the weekend just trying to get used to life in the big show.

Alama-Francis said, "I'm trying to get a feel for everything. It's new for me. So I'm just trying to do my best, no matter what happens."

And what is happening, is Alama Francis noticing a small difference between the college game and the pro game.

I never would have expected any of this stuff. You know, the facilities. You don't have this stuff in Hawaii. Hawaii its all outdoors because it's 85 degrees everyday. It's a miserable 85 of course.

Alama-Francis did not participate in any of the lions contact drills this weekend, as he continues to rehab a torn pectoral muscle.