The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame has announced that NBC10's own Vai Sikahema will be among the inductees for the 2016 class.
Sikahema was the first Tongan to play in the NFL. He played college football for Brigham Young University and was a member of their 1984 championship team, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Now, Sikahema is the morning news anchor for NBC10.
Sikahema says he is proud of the thousands of Polynesian players that have been on NFL rosters throughout the years, especially considering the remoteness of their ancestry.
“I'm extremely honored to be considered among the very best Polynesia has produced,” Sikahema said in an email. "Our warrior culture and heritage served me well in football and it does so now in retirement and living a contented life.”
Sikahema will be inducted alongside players like Rockne Freitas and Troy Polamalu, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, and the 2016 class will be inducted in Hawaii in January of 2016.