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Ellison Earns Honor

riki ellison.jpgFormer USC national champion Riki Ellison has been named to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

Ellison, known as Riki Gray during his time at USC, played LB for the Trojans from 1978-82. The New Zealand native, who is of Maori ancestry, won a national championship at USC his freshman year and appeared in two Rose Bowls. He earned Pac-10 first-team honors his sophomore year and led the Trojans in tackles his senior year.

Ellison was drafted in the 5th round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, becoming the first Kiwi to ever play in the NFL. He played in SF for seven seasons (1983-89), winning three Super Bowls. He then played for the Los Angeles Raiders for three years (1990-92).

Ellison is joined by Junior Ah You, Chris Naeole, Ma'a Tanuvasa and John Manumaleuna in the Class of 2017.

Ellison and the rest of the Class of 2017 will be honored during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend on January 21-22, 2017 in Oahu, Hawai'i.

Two Make Polynesian HOF

Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Announced on Wednesday, former USC defensive back Troy Polamalu and former USC offensive lineman Charles Ane were selected as members of the 2016 Polynesian Football Hall of Fame class. A Trojan has been named to the Hall in each of it's first three years.

Polamalu, a two-time All-American at USC, starred on the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense for 12 seasons from 2003-2014. In his illustrious career, the defensive back was a two-time Super Bowl Champion and five-time All-Pro Selection. An All-Coast selection at USC as a two-way tackle, Ane played for the Detroit Lions for six seasons including three division titles and two world championships (1953, 1957). The offensive lineman passed away in 2007.

The Class of 2016 will be honored during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend from January 29-30 in Oahu, Hawai'i.

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Mosi Tatupu to Polynesian Football HOF

Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2015 this week, which included former Trojan running back/kick returner Mosiula "Mosi" Faasuka Tatupu. Tatupu played at USC from 1974 to 1978 and was then selected by the New England Patriots in the eighth round of the 1978 NFL Draft, where he played for 13 seasons. 

His son Lofa, a linebacker, won a pair of national championships at USC in 2003 and 2004 and went on to play for the Seattle Seahawks. Mosi Tatupu passed away on February 23, 2010. Fellow Trojan Junior Seau was enshrined as a member of the inaugural Polynesian Football Hall of Fame class in 2013. 

Click here for the full Polynesian Football Hall of Fame release. 

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