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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Poly Wrap up for NFL Europe

NFL Europe completed their 14th season today with the Frankfurt Galaxy defeating the Amsterdam Admirals 22-7 in World Bowl XIV. The following five Polynesians competed in NFL Europe this past season

Timmy Chang: (Hawaiian)-Rhein Fire
Ben Moa: (Tongan)-Berlin Thunder
Bryan Save: (Samoan)-Cologne Centurions
Sam Taule'ale'a: (Samoan)-Berlin Thunder
Fa'afetai Tupa'i: (Samoan)-Hamburg Sea Devils

Timmy Chang (Philadelphia), and Fa'afetai Tupa'i (Buffalo) were both allocations by NFL teams and are currently list on their teams respective rosters. Ben Moa, Bryan Save, Sam Taule'ale'a and will have opportunities to sign as free agents with teams of their choice. Chang of the University of Hawai'i finished the season with the Fire as a 2nd string quarterback behind former Dallas Cowgirl Drew Henson. Chang completed 50 of 89 attempts for 659 yards (56.2%), 4 TDs, 3 Ints, and a 80.7 QB Rating. Chang will compete for the Eagles 3rd quarterback position. Tupa'i finished the season for the Sea Devils with 8 tackles and 1 sack. He is currently listed as the 4th string DT behind former Leilehua and Utah Defensive Line standout Lauvale Sape. Ben Moa was used primarily as an H Back for the Berlin Thunder. He finished the season with 18 catches for 160 yards and 1 TD. He also competed on special teams and registered 2 tackles. Teaming with Moa was former St Louis and Colorado Defensive Lineman Sam Taule'ale'a who had 8 tackles before finishing the season on the Injured Reserve. Former Colorado State Ram Bryan Save had a strong season with Cologne registering 35 tackles (30 solo) and 4.5 sacks. With luck all of these players will get opportunities to compete this summer at NFL Camps or in the CFL which is more than a viable option for many of them.

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