Hall of Fame offensive lineman Kevin Mawae gives an emotional thank you to his parents during his HOF induction speech. “It’s who my dad brought me up to be, the first Kanaka Maoli to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and I’m proud of my heritage.”. A Gray Media Group, Inc. Station - © 2002-2020 Gray Television, Inc. Kevin Mawae becomes first Native Hawaiian inducted into NFL Hall of Fame. He was inducted along with seven others: tight end Tony Gonzalez, defensive backs Ed Reed, Ty Law, Champ Bailey and Johnny Robinson, and executives Gil Brandt and the late Pat Bowlen, who died in June. The timing, as it turns out, is a bit ironic.... Post was not sent - check your email addresses! We've received your submission. Kevin Mawae speaks during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Get the latest odds on all the top sports. From 2008-2012, he served as president of the NFLPA, guiding it through the difficult work stoppage that led to a 10-year labor agreement with the league. NFL Network's Jim Trotter and Michael Silver share why wide receiver Calvin Johnson could be left out of the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. Today the former New York Jets and Tennessee Titans center was one of eight players to receive the gold jacket alongside the Class of 2019 which included Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson. Offensive linemen rarely should be judged by statistics, but consider that Mawae blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in 13 of his 16 seasons — by five different running backs, including the Jets’ Curtis Martin (himself in the Hall of Fame) and capped by the NFL’s sixth 2,000-yard rushing performance, by Tennessee’s Chris Johnson in 2009, Mawae’s final season. He was inducted in his third year as a finalist. “I learned to love the preparation, the plays and the puzzle,” Mawae said during the ceremony in Canton, Ohio. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, Gang's All Here: A NY Jets Podcast
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