Congressman Faleomavaega today sent his personal congratulations to the Polynesian players that will be playing this weekend in the National Football League (NFL) Conference Championship games that will decide which teams will play in Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
This Sunday, January 22, 2012, Mike Iupati and Isaac Sopoaga and the San Francisco 49ers will play against the New York Giants in the National Football Conference (NFC) Championship game in San Francisco. While In the American Football Conference (AFC) Championship, Haloti Ngata and the Baltimore Ravens will play against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
“I want to congratulate Mike, Isaac, and Haloti for their success this season,” said Faleomavaega. “These Polynesian warriors have overcome difficult circumstances this season that began with a long drawn out player’s lockout and a competitive NFL schedule. Through pain and injury all season we must commend them for making it this far. This NFL season is best described as the ‘survival of the fittest.’”
“This is a monumental occasion for American Samoa given that Mike and Isaac of the 49ers were both born and raised in American Samoa. They represent the success and the endless possibilities that football has provided for our local youth and high school programs. We must never forget to recognize the many players who came before them that laid the foundation for the many Polynesian players who are now playing in both the collegiate and professional levels.”
“I want to also recognize the parents and families for their endless support and prayers for their sons. Their sons’ success would not have been possible without their many sacrifices. I wish Mike, Isaac, and Haloti all the best this Sunday,” concluded Faleomavaega.