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Utes and Cougar among inaugural Polynesian Hall of Fame finalists

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  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Sept. 12, 2013 4:47 a.m.

    Only kemoeatu is Tongan. What gives? ;)

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Sept. 12, 2013 12:04 p.m.

    Ellis and Gouveia - two of the monster names from the state of Utah.

    Congrats!

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Sept. 12, 2013 3:04 p.m.

    Luther Elliss and Kevin Mawae are probably in my top 50 favorite all time football players. Luther's just a great dude, too. I love how involved he remains with the U and the community in SLC.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Sept. 12, 2013 3:28 p.m.

    @wwookie

    "Only kemoeatu is Tongan. What gives? ;)"

    I also found that interesting but I have a theory. Tongan's are much more recent to the game than Samoan's and Hawaiian's who have been playing it for a long time because of their ties to the U.S. A lot of those names are old time guy's, I am willing to bet there will be an increase, probably a very large increase, in Tongan's over the next few years who are nominated and inducted.

  • Guam_Bomb BARRIGADA, GU
    Sept. 12, 2013 8:26 p.m.

    @wwookie and Duckhunter,

    I'd have to say I agree with Duckhunter. I would add because it is harder for Tongans to immigrate, there were fewer Tongans in the 70's and 80's. There are still fewer Tongans in the US, relative to Samoans.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 12, 2013 9:36 p.m.

    How is Norm Chow not on the list? Has he no polynesian blood?