Saturday, March 25, 2017

5 Things

1. My babies

2. Yay football!

3. I love these friends

4. The largest victory margin in NCAA tourney history but it made me sad :(

5. Wisdom from Clint Smith

Friday, March 24, 2017

Polynesian Paragons | Troy Polamalu

SS Troy Polamalu is this month's "Polynesian Paragon": an NFL legend who won multiple Super Bowls and individual awards throughout his career. Polamalu is of Samoan descent and was recruited by USC where he contributed to the team's success every season. He completed his collegiate career with 278 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, six INTs, four blocked punts and three TDs. At USC, Polamalu earned many All-American honors and became a fan and team favorite. After a successful senior season, Polamalu entered the 2003 NFL Draft where he was chosen as the 16th overall pick by the Steelers. Polamalu played all 12 of his seasons with the Steelers and became an eight-time Pro Bowler and won two Super Bowls (2006 and 2009). He earned an array of personal honors including AP NFL All-Pro Second Team, AP NFL All-Pro First Team, AP Defensive Player of the Year and NFL Alumni Player of the Year. Over his 12 year NFL career, Polamalu recorded 770 tackles, 32 INTs and three TDs.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Style

While I love winter for Christmas music and presents, I fancy spring fashion. Pastels, bright neutrals and pops of color make for a happy wardrobe. My closet consists mostly of pink, blue and gray, so I'll be looking to spice it up with more florals, lighter denim and colorful pieces. This season I'm lusting after bright yellow accents and fun sneakers to add extra girly hints to my existing collection. I love a good straight jean and will search for unexpected items that I wouldn't necessarily gravitate towards. Spring is a time of new beginnings (and March Madness) and it's time to shake up my closet!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Al Lolotai Led the Way

Every football season, I wish that Baylor had more Polynesians on the field. I love seeing my Poly classmates and distant relatives succeed in sports and it would be amazing to see them on my own team. Polys have always excelled in physical activities (including Makahiki games) and football is one of our main shining sports. As I was researching our greatest players in history, Al Lolotai appeared as the first Polynesian to play in the NFL. I'm disappointed in myself for not knowing this crucial piece of history, so I don't want his legacy to disappear. Al Lolotai was a pioneer for future Polynesian football players in the pros. He went to both Kahuku and ╩╗Iolani before playing at Weber Junior College. In 1945, Lolotai was drafted by the Washington Redskins as an OG where he was the first Samoan NFL player. Lolotai switched to the Los Angeles Dons a year later for which he played four years. After his five year stint in the NFL, Lolotai became a pro wrestler.

Although he only spent a few years in the NFL, Lolotai championed the way for a future generation of Poly football players. If it weren't for Lolotai's hard work and dedication, the likes of Jesse Sapolu, Troy Polamalu, Kurt Goveia, Junior Seau and Marcus Mariota wouldn't have the opportunity to succeed in the pros. There are now over 60 Polynesians in the NFL and the number continues to grow each year. Polys' natural strength, speed and size makes them some of the best athletes in the league. Thank you uncle Al for leading the way for the rest of us. Hopefully Baylor will add more Polynesians on the field in the next few years...
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