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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Strong arms, kinship

When it comes to Samoan Pac-10 QBs, no man is an island

AIGA Foundation founder and president George Malauulu quoted in Arizona Star article on Samoan quarterbacks in the Pac-10.

The Pac-10 has boasted a few successful Samoan quarterbacks. George Malauulu played for the Wildcats from 1989 to 1992. Washington's Marques Tuiasosopo — who is cousins with both Lyle Moevao and Willie Tuitama — was a Rose Bowl MVP.

Of those, only three — Malauulu, Tuitama and Hawaiian Bryson Beirne — have played quarterback.

Malauulu now runs The AIGA Foundation, a group devoted to helping athletes from the United States and throughout Polynesia land athletic scholarships. Aiga means family in Samoan.
Malauulu said Tuitama and Pritchard have the perfect size to play the position, and coaches "are always looking for the prototype player."

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