Feature on Jesse Sapolu choosing to play for UH in 1979

HA Note: “A highly sought recruit out of Farrington High, Sapolu was deciding between Arizona State, Brigham Young and UH when he picked the Warriors, giving the school a rare major early coup in its backyard. It was a statement signing for then-head coach Dick Tomey, who had just finished his second season at UH and was readying the program to be competitive in the WAC, which UH began play in Sapolu’s freshman year (1979).”

About why he chose to play for UH, Jesse Sapolu said:
“I went to UH and tried to make an impact. Coach Tomey asked me which I’d feel better about, playing for a program that was already established or one that I could help get established.” (HA)

“It was a tough decision (choosing a school) and I was leaning toward ASU or BYU but I picked Hawai’i partly because of that.” (HA)

HA Note: “In the process, he made first-team all-WAC as an offensive lineman in 1980, second team in 1981, and honorable mention as a center in 1982. He went on to play 13 seasons in the NFL.”



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