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The Dominican Republic of the NFL

Originally Published: May 28, 2002
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Asovalu Tuiasosopo is the High Talking Chief -- one of only six alive on the planet -- in the remote village of Vatia on the northern edge of the shimmering volcanic island that is American Samoa.

His son Manu, born and raised in Los Angeles, played defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks for eight seasons, from 1979-86. Manu's son, Marques, is a second-year quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. Marques has 11 relatives, including Jesse Sapolu, a 15-year offensive ...

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