Two former Arizona Wildcats up for Polynesian Football Hall of Fame

Ex-UA coach Dick Tomey is chairman of selection committee

Two former Arizona Wildcats -- defensive tackle Joe Salave'a and offensive lineman Edwin Mulitalo -- are among the 12 finalists for the 2019 class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

Both ex-Cats have Samoan ancestry.

Salave'a, currently the associate head coach/co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach at Oregon, played at Arizona from 1994 to 1997, earning second-team All-Pac-10 honors as a junior and first-team all-conference recognition as a senior.

He finished his Arizona career with 157 tackles, with 43.5 tackles for loss and 21.5 sacks, which ranks ninth in school history. Salave'a, a fourth-round pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, played in 100 games across eight NFL seasons.

Mulitalo played for the Wildcats in 1997 and 1998 after transferring from junior college, starting every game in those seasons at left tackle. Mulitalo, who went on to play 10 seasons in the NFL and helped the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl after the 2000 season, is now the head coach at Division III Southern Virginia.

Former Arizona head coach Dick Tomey, who started his head coaching career at Hawaii and later coached both of these players with the Wildcats, is the chairman of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame selection committee, which considered more than 100 nominees for the 2019 class.

Four inductees will be announced on Oct. 24.

The other nominees are:

Tony Banks (QB) Michigan State

David Dixon (G) Arizona State

Malcom Floyd (WR) Wyoming

Chris Kemoeatu (G) Utah

Alapati "Al" Noga (DL) Hawaii

Falaniko "Niko" Noga (LB) Hawaii

Dan Saleaumua (DT) Arizona State

Mosiula Mea'alofa "Lofa" Tatupu (LB) USC

Marques Tavita Tuiasosopo (QB) Washington

Charlie Wedemeyer, Former Head Football Coach, Los Gatos High School (CA)

The Polynesian Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class in 2014.

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