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Monday, August 03, 2009

Siavii getting another shot with Cowboys

Siavii was a second-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004. As the No. 36th overall choice, Siavii was expected to contribute a lot. But in two seasons in Kansas City, he had only 27 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery. Siavii has been out of football the past three seasons.

1Saousoalii Poe Siavii Jr. was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa, a U.S. territory located in the South Pacific halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. He was a defensive tackle at Tafuna High School in Pago Pago. "We play a lot of rugby and flag football back home," said Siavii, who is well known in his home country of some 57,000 people.

2His one sack came against Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer as a rookie in 2004. "It was all luck," Siavii said, smiling. "I beat somebody by luck, and I guess Plummer was too slow."

3Siavii signed a six-year, $4.9 million deal with the Chiefs, voidable to five years and $4.2 million. He actually saw a $2.1 million signing bonus, base salaries of $240,000 and $340,000 and a $100,000 roster bonus. But Siavii said being out of work three years has hurt. "Last year I thought I was [on the Cowboys’ final 53-player roster]," Siavii said. "I wasn’t really thinking I was going to struggle [financially] again, but last year I was running low." He will make $460,000 this season if he makes the roster.

4Siavii is a "video-game" guy. He is beating teammate Jay Ratliff in a UFC game. He also likes movies, renting a lot of movies from Blockbuster. Braveheart, Scarface and Untamed Heart are among his favorites.

5Siavii, who turns 31 years old in November, has had knee problems. But he had surgery in 2007 and says he finally is 100 percent. That gives him a chance to stick as Ratliff’s backup.

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