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The Best NFL Players From Hawaii

Updated August 30, 2021 1.4k votes 265 voters 16.3k views36 items

Here’s a list of the best NFL players from Hawaii. The Aloha State has produced some massive players for the NFL. Whether it is on the offensive or defensive line, the state of Hawaii keeps churning out lineman after lineman to play in the National Football League, not to mention Heisman trophy winner and one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL right now, Marcus Mariota.

Vote for who you think are the top NFL players from Hawaii and add any of your favorites missing from the list! 

  • 1
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    104
    37

    PositionCenter

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Washington Huskies football, Chicago Bears

    Olin George Kreutz (; born June 9, 1977) is a former American college and professional football player who was a center in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons. He played college...  more
  • 2
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    120
    63

    PositionQuarterback

    TeamsLas Vegas Raiders

    Marcus Ardel Taulauniu Mariota (born October 30, 1993) is an American football quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans...  more
  • 3
    Kailua, Hawaii
    68
    22

    PositionGuard, Center

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks

    Maxwell McCandless Unger (born April 14, 1986) is a former American football center who played in the National Football League for 10 seasons. He played college football at Oregon and was drafted by...  more
  • 4
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    46
    16

    PositionLinebacker

    Kurt Keola Gouveia (born September 14, 1964) is a former professional American football linebacker who played 13 seasons in the National Football League and one season in the XFL. During his career,...  more
  • 5
    Kailua, Hawaii
    45
    21

    PositionCenter

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders

    Samson H. Satele (born November 29, 1984) is a former American football center. He played college football at Hawaii and was drafted in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Dolphins. Satele...  more
  • 6
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    40
    17

    PositionRunning back, Fullback

    Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala (pronounced [fu.əˈmatu maʔəˈfalə]; born March 4, 1977, in Honolulu, Hawaii) is a former American football fullback who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville...  more
  • 7
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    37
    15

    PositionDefensive tackle

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers

    Tyson Asi Alualu ( AH-loo-AH-loo; born May 12, 1987) is an American football defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Jacksonville...  more
  • 8
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    37
    15

    PositionOffensive Lineman, Center

    TeamsDetroit Lions

    Dominic Raiola (; born December 30, 1978) is a former American football center. He was a second-round pick of the Detroit Lions in the 2001 NFL Draft, and played his entire 14-year career for the...  more
  • 9
    Laie, Hawaii
    46
    29

    PositionLinebacker

    TeamsNotre Dame Fighting Irish football, San Diego Chargers

    Manti Malietau Louis Teʻo (; born January 26, 1991) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Notre Dame, where he was recognized as a consensus...  more
  • 10
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    27
    10

    PositionGuard

    TeamsJacksonville Jaguars

    Vincent Keoni Manuwai (July 12, 1980 – November 4, 2018) was an American football guard. He was drafted in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played college...  more
  • 11
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    24
    8

    PositionWide receiver

    Glen Kozlowski (born December 31, 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for six seasons for the Chicago Bears....  more
  • 12
    Hilo, Hawaii
    21
    5

    PositionRunning back, Halfback

    Herman John Wedemeyer (May 20, 1924 – January 25, 1999) was an American actor, football player, and politician. He is best known for portraying Sergeant/Detective "Duke" Lukela on the crime drama...  more
  • 13
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    21
    5

    PositionRunning back

    John Davis Tuggle was a running back in the National Football League. Tuggle was the final selection of the 1983 NFL Draft, selected by the New York Giants. The nickname given to the last player...  more
  • 14
    Kailua, Hawaii
    27
    14

    PositionGuard

    Christopher Kealoha Naeole ([nəeˈolɛ]; born December 25, 1974) is an American football coach. He served as the interim head coach and offensive line coach for the University of Hawaii Rainbow...  more
  • 15
    Hilo, Hawaii
    26
    13

    PositionLinebacker

    Matt Blair (born September 20, 1950) was an American football player who was an outside linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL) for all 12 seasons of his career...  more
  • 16
    Kailua, Hawaii
    25
    14

    PositionTackle, Offensive Lineman

    Rockne Crowningburg "Rocky" Freitas (born September 7, 1945) is a former American football offensive tackle who played for the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an eleven-year career that...  more
  • 17
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    18
    7

    PositionWide receiver

    TeamsCleveland Browns

    Jordan Shea Rashad Norwood (born September 29, 1986) is a Filipino American former professional football wide receiver and punt returner who played eight seasons in the NFL. He was signed by the...  more
  • 18
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    19
    7

    PositionGuard, Center

    Bern Orion Brostek (born September 11, 1966) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Los Angeles and St. Louis Rams from 1990 to 1997....  more
  • 19
    Wailuku, Hawaii
    17
    5

    PositionLinebacker

    TeamsOakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns

    Kaluka Maiava (born December 27, 1986) is a former American football linebacker who played for the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the...  more
  • 20
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    15
    6

    PositionTackle

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets

    Wayne Hunter (born July 2, 1981) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. Drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft, he played college...  more
  • 21
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    13
    4

    PositionQuarterback

    Joseph Charles Naekauna "Joe" Francis, Jr. (April 21, 1936 – April 15, 2013) was an American football halfback and quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) and the Canadian Football League...  more
  • 22
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    14
    6

    PositionDefensive tackle, Tackle

    Esera Tavai Tuaolo (born July 11, 1968), nicknamed "Mr. Aloha," is a former American professional football player. He was a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for 10 years....  more
  • 23
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    14
    6

    PositionDefensive end, Linebacker

    TeamsArizona Cardinals, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers

    Travis LaBoy (born August 20, 1981) is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Hawaii. ...  more
  • 24
    Kauai, Hawaii
    15
    8

    PositionLinebacker

    TeamsDetroit Lions

    Jordon Dizon (born January 16, 1986) is a retired American football linebacker who last played for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). Dizon played college football for the...  more
  • 25
    Ewa Beach, Hawaii
    12
    5

    PositionLinebacker

    TeamsNew York Jets

    Joshua Mauga (born June 20, 1987) is a former American football linebacker. He was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Nevada. His surname...  more
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