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Polynesian Football Players Enjoying Growth in the NFL!
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Polynesian Football Players Enjoying Growth in the NFL! (pictured above) Troy Polamalu, leads a group of Polynesian players in the NFL! (source:nydailynews.com)

Polynesian football players as a whole are enjoying unprecedented growth in the NFL!  In 2010, there were 28 football players who were erroneously listed as “Samoan” when individuals should have been listed as either Samoan from the islands of Samoa or Tongan from the islands of Tonga. Today, the list of NFL players of polynesian descent is currently at 33 (17 Samoans, 15 Tongans, and 1 Hawaiian).

(NOTE: Many Polynesian football players listed on practice squads or as free agents were not included on this list)

Polynesian Football Players:  60 Minutes Spotlights American Samoa

The year of 2010 was a significant year for Polynesia because of the groundbreaking U.S. news program 60 Minutes report on the success and growing trend of Polynesian football players in College and in the NFL.   The program reported that Samoa (but did not mention Tonga) produced more NFL football players from the island than from any other place in the U.S..   It also mentioned that 200 players from the islands were playing Division 1 college football back in 2010.  Those numbers have greatly increased since then.

Here are the current Polynesian football players in the NFL, listed with Team and position (NOTE: Free Agents are noted with FA):  

Samoan

Troy Polamalu (Steelers) S

Samson Satele (Colts) C

Domata Peko  (Bengals) DT

Jonathan Fanene (Patriots) DE

Toniu Fonoti (Chargers) G

Kaluka Maiava (Browns) LB

Pisa Tinoisamoa (Bears)  LB

Matt Toeaina  (Bears) DT

Al Afalava  (Titans)  DB

Ropati Pitoitua (Chiefs) DE

Isaac Sopoaga  (49ers) DE

Rey Mauluga (Bengals) DE

Brandon Manumaleuna  (Chargers) TE

Lofa Tatupu  (Seahawks)  LB

CJ Ah You  (Rams)  DT

Roy Miller (Bucaneers)  Dt

Paul Soliai  (Dolphins) DT

 

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Polynesian Football Players. (pictured above) Haloti Ngata leads the contingent of Tongan football players in the NFL. (source: ksl.com)

Tongan

Haloti Ngata (Ravens) DE

Tony Moeaki (Chiefs) TE

Fili Moala (Colts) DE

Stephen Paea (Bears) DT

Sione Pouha  (Jets) NT

Roy Helu (Redskins) RB

Sione Fua  (Panthers)  DT

David Veikune (Browns)  LB

Stanley Havili  (Eagles)  FB

Ma’ake Kemoeatu  (Ravens)  NT

Deuce Lutui  (Seahawks)  G

Will Tukafu  (49ers)  DE

Fenuki Tupou  (Saints) G

Moise Fokou  (Eagles)  LB

Koa Misi  (Dolphins) LB

Hawaiian

Kealoha Pilares (Panthers)  WR

 

This is a list of all the Polynesians football players known to be currently active in the NFL and if we missed anyone, please  let us know.

UPDATED October 6, 2012  

(NOTE:  This list is for informational purposes and not meant as a census of any kind.  The list may not be completely accurate and we apologize for any omissions or errors in this compilation. )

Check out the award-winning video that was broadcast on 60 Minutes about American Samoa: 

 

 

 

 

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  1. 10 mos, 1 wk ago

    Amini Silatolu (Panthers) is Tongan not Samoan
    also forgot Tony Moeaki (Chiefs) Tongan and it’s Fili Moala not Moana
    Ray Feinga(Dolphins)

  2. Paul B
    10 mos, 1 wk ago

    Thanks for the reply tongan92. I will make those corrections and additions asap! Thanks.

  3. 10 mos, 1 wk ago

    the list needs a big update, a lot of players have been cut and moved teams

  4. Paul B
    10 mos, 1 wk ago

    You’re right tongan92. It does need a big update since there is a lot of movement in the NFL, with trades and cuts made. I was just recently disappointed about Greg Salas being traded to the Pats. I’ll work on it and refresh it asap. Thanks.

  5. 10 mos ago

    no worries Uce, just wanna get an updated list so everyone can see just how many Polynesians are in the NFL, Today

  6. Yella
    9 mos, 1 wk ago

    Tony moeaki is tongan

  7. susi
    5 mos, 2 wks ago

    Isn’t there a Tongan, Maile playing for New Orleans, and someone said that Ray Lewis from the Ravens is part Tongan?

  8. RAVENZ
    5 mos, 2 wks ago

    lol ray lewis?? yeah right!! whoever said that is lier!

  9. (SSS)SamoanSuperSaiyan
    4 mos, 2 wks ago

    forgot the uso in offence from the 9ers

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