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The Rise of Polynesian Football Players in America

Feb 05, 2016 | 461 videos
Video by Independent Lens

Star Lotulelei is a starting defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers. After his family moved to Utah from Tonga, he became part of the large Polynesian Mormon community in the United States. Despite overwhelming obstacles, Polynesians are 28 times more likely than any other ethnic group to make it to the NFL. In Football We Trust is a new documentary that transports viewers inside the tightly-knit and complex Polynesian community in Salt Lake City, one of the chief sources of the modern influx of Pacific Islander football players to the NFL. To stream the full-length film until February 25, 2016, and to find out more about the documentary, visit the Independent Lens website.

Author: Nadine Ajaka

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