Troy Polamalu among 2016 Polynesian HOF inductees


The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame has announced five inductees for its 2016 class.

Headlining the group is former USC and NFL safety Troy Polamalu, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and 2002 consensus All-American who is of Samoan ancestry.

Also tapped for the 2016 class were former USC and NFL offensive lineman Charles Teetai Ane, Jr. (Samoan ancestry), former Oregon State and NFL offensive lineman Rockne Crowingburg Freitas (Hawaiin ancestry), former BYU and NFL running back/kick returner Vai Sikahema (Tongan ancestry) and the late Albert Lolotai, who became the first Polynesian to play in the NFL.

The group, which was selected from 25 finalists, will be enshrined in January in Oahu, Hawai’i.

The Inductees were chosen by a selection committee composed of past head football coaches Dick Tomey (Chairman), LaVell Edwards, Ron McBride and Dick Vermeil, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Neil Everett, NFL player personnel expert Gil Brandt, past NFLPA president and Inaugural Inductee Kevin Mawae and Hawai’i sportscaster Robert Kekaula.