Are Pacific Islanders Built for Pro-Football?

Are Pacific Islanders Built for Pro-Football?

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SEATTLE, Wash.--The relatively high number of Polynesian players in college and professional football leagues has led some to wonder if there is a cultural or genetic reason. Northwest Asian Weekly looks at the phenomenon in interviews with former Polynesian football players, some of whom cited the physical build of Polynesians or the music and culture that makes them ‘light on their feet.’

Professors of anthropology who specialize in Samoan and Polynesian cultures say assertions of ‘natural fit’ are racial stereotypes, and that Samoan male bodies have become ‘commodified.’ Playing football may be the route for a collegiate education for some Samoans and Polynesians.