By Brian Ojima - bio | email
WAIKIKI (KHNL) - Chris Fuamatu Maafala has never forgotten his roots. For the former Pittsburgh Steeler and Jacksonville Jaguar, Hawaii is home and that's why he's using his experience as a former NFL player to teach kids how they can reach the next level too.
"just like most of the guys I grew up with, we never had nothing like this. Whatever you saw on tv, you go practice it in the backyard, never really had nobody to teach you the little techniques that will make you successful in the sport", said Fuamatu Maafala.
As a seven-year veteran of the NFL, Chris has plenty of connections to NFL players. Guys like former UH star and current Miami Dolphin, Davone Bess and Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl champ, Troy Polamalu.
"there's learning from every level and you have coaching from every level from the NFL, high school, to little league and what's really nice is the kids are receptive to that. They really learn technique and things like that", said Polamalu.
"I overcame a lot of adversity and I hope these kids understand that if you put everything into it, you can do anything you wanna do" said Bess.
After the camp was over, kids got autographs from the NFL players, like Polamalu and Bess. But if you think the kids are the only ones excited to be out here... think again.
"I got to calm these coaches down, we got Ma'a and my brother, Roy getting all pumped up for the one on one drill that's four weeks down the line, but they wanna start today", said Fuamatu Maafala.
The football camp takes place every Sunday at Kapiolani Park and runs thru March 22nd.
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