By Stephen Tsai
The San Francisco 49ers recently made former UH offensive lineman Dane Uperesa an offer he could refuse.
The 49ers wanted to sign Uperesa to their practice squad with the hope of adding him to the full offseason roster.
But Uperesa politely — everything he does is respectful — turned down that offer. He also had turned down other offers from NFL teams.
That's because Uperesa, who spent the past two seasons on the Cincinnati Bengals' and then Indianapolis Colts' practice rosters, has decided to retire from football.
"It was something I was thinking about for a while," Uperesa said. "Football was always a vehicle for me."
Uperesa said he chased the pro dream but, in the end, decided, "I'd be happier trying to live life in the real world."
Uperesa's fiancee is in dental school at Creighton University in Omaha.
He has moved to Nebraska, and plans to pursue a master's degree at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
"I wanted it to be a decision made completely by myself," Uperesa said. "Football was always a way to get things I wanted. I got a great education (at UH), and I had the best five years of my life (there). I met some great people. I had a ton of fun. Now it's over. I'm ready to move on. I'm very happy."
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This is very off topic, but how do people feel about fireworks?
I wasn't a big fan of fire when I was a kid. OK, I might have been traumatized. When I was in New York, our seventh-grade class went on a week-long trip to D.C., where we bought fireworks. We were dropped off back at the school. I put a Roman Candle in my back pocket, then made the walk home. I noticed there was a kid behind me. I looked, and he had a match. That was the first, of many times in my life, somebody tried to light a fire under my arse.
Then there was my cousin, Todd Kubo, who taught me how to light a string of firecrackers, but wasn't too clear on when to let go.
So, no, I wasn't a fan of the big-bang theory.
But now my son does fireknife performances, and we've got an annoying neighbor who calls to scream at us at 12:15 a.m. New Year's Day, so I'm back on the fence on the issue. Your thoughts?