The Warrior Beat

Salas to the Rams, Pilares to the Panthers

April 30th, 2011

Mom cried.

Dad yelled.

And former UH receiver Greg Salas yelled even louder after being the St. Louis Rams' fourth-round selection in today's NFL draft.

"This is a dream come true," Salas said during the family celebration.

His father, Mark, was raised in Southern California and has cheered for the Rams most of his life. Greg Salas grew up rooting for the Raiders. "Now I'm a Rams' fan," he said.

"I want to thank everyone in Hawaii — Kealoha (Pilares), Mo, the linemen, the other receivers, the coaches," Salas said.

Salas' parents accompanied him on his recruiting trip in January 2006.

"Hawaii will always be special to our family," Mark Salas said. "It's very special to Greg. Hawaii won't be our last destination. Hawaii will always be our first destination."

Last year's 112th pick received a signing bonus of $572,000.

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And Kealoha Pilares has been selected by the Carolina Panthers.

Just spoke with Pilares. He was emotional when talking about his teammates, coaches (especially Rich Miano), parents, Shane Austin's dad and the fans who befriended him on Facebook. He said Miano helped him after he received a release from the Air Force Academy. He said Austin's dad, who is a motivational mentor, provided encouragement during his rehab from the knee injury.

Last year's 132nd pick received a signing bonus of  $215,512, which is a numerical palindrome.

A copule of hours after being drafted, Pilares was back in the gym, under the guidance of his trainer, Barry Toyama:




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