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Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announces 2016 finalists

The 25 finalists -- 20 players and five coaches/contributors -- who will be on the ballot for induction into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2016 were announced on Thursday.

"Over the past several weeks the Selection Committee has been deliberating over the 2016 Finalists," said Selection Committee member Dick Tomey said in a news release. "This is quite a challenge because there are so many great Polynesian players, coaches and contributors that have made an incredible impact on the game of football."

The members of the 2016 class of inductees will be announced on October 7, 2015.

The 2o player finalists:

  • DL Junior Ah You, Arizona State

  • FB/HB Bob Apisa, Michigan State

  • OL Charles "Charlie" Teetai Ane, Jr., USC

  • OL Herman “Buddy” Piikei Clark, Oregon State

  • LB Riki Morgan Ellison, USC

  • OL Rockne Crowningburg Freitas, Oregon State

  • DL Ma'ake Tu'amelie Kemoeatu, Utah

  • TE Brandon Manumaleuna, Arizona

  • OL Chris Naeole, Colorado

  • DL Alapati “Al” Noga, Hawai’i

  • LB Niko Noga, Hawai’i

  • DB Troy Polamalu, USC

  • DL Joe Fagaone Salave'a, Arizona

  • DL Dan Saleaumua, Arizona State

  • RB/KR Vai Sikahema, BYU

  • DE Ma’a Tanuvasa, Hawai’i

  • LB Mosiula Mea'alofa "Lofa" Tatupu, USC

  • DL Manu'ula “Manu” Asovalu Tuiasosopo, UCLA

  • QB Marques Tavita Tuiasosopo, Washington

  • DL Kimo von Oelhoffen, Boise State

Five coach/contributor finalists

  • Thomas Ka’auwai Ka’ulukukui, former head coach at University of Hawai’i

  • Cal Lee, former head Football coach, St. Louis High School (HI)

  • Albert “Al” Lolotai, First Polynesian to play professional football

  • John Manumaleuna, Southern California Advocate for Polynesian Youth

  • Charlie Wedemeyer, former head football coach, Los Gatos High School (CA)