A Football life with Ma’a Tanuvasa
Sponsored by Nuuanu Okazuya
In the history of Hawai’i football players, Ma’a Tanuvasa is a name that stands out from the rest. The former Rainbow Warrior and Mililani Trojan was a stud from the beginning. He was drafted in the eighth round by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1993 NFL Draft and spent his rookie year with them.
In 1994, he was cut by the Rams and spent a part of the season on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad. His first NFL season was with the Broncos in 1995, when he played one game. He worked his way into the rotation by the 1996 season, and by the late `1990’s was a regular fixture in the starting rotation.
He led the Broncos in sacks in the 1998 and 1999 seasons. He was on the Bronco teams which won the back to back Super Bowl championships in 1997 and 1998. After a stellar career with the Broncos, he joined the San Diego Chargers for one season, and joined the Atlanta Falcons the following year.
He has not been in the NFL since, having returned to his native Oahu, where he served as an assistant football coach at his alma mater, Mililani High School. He was inducted into the Hawai’i Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 and has also an integral of the Polynesian Bowl, as a founding member alongside four time NFL Champion Jesse Sapolu.
Tanuvasa caught up with Hinow Host Kainoa Carlson for lunch at Nu’uanu Okazuya, where the two traded stories about football and life.
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