Kapua Sai retires from football

November 30th, 2012


Offensive lineman Kapua Sai is retiring from football after suffering yet another concussion. He had a season of eligibility remaining.

"For safety reasons and for later on in life, I need to do this," Sai said.

Sai said he had "quite a few" concussions "in middle school and high school." He said he suffered from mild concussion-like symptoms earlier this year. He suffered his recent concussion against UNLV this past week.

"You don't want to take chances," UH coach Norm Chow said. "I read the Jim McMahon story with tears in my eyes. Football's not that important."

Sai is a Saint Louis School graduate who played at Utah, earning a bachelor's degree in three years. The early graduation enabled him to transfer this past summer without having to redshirt this year.

"He really worked hard to get home for a year and get his studies and really help us," Chow said. "He brought a lot of leadership."

Sai said he plans to continue working toward a master's degree.

Kiha Sai, who is redshirting this season, said he will request to wear his older brother's No. 57 next year.

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Jesse Sapolu, who is this week's honorary captain, addressed the Warriors after their final practice of the season yesterday.


The  parents of players were invited to join the post-practice huddle. They were introduced, with each receiving three claps of appreciation.

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Friends and family will be allowed to give lei to the seniors after tomorrow's game against South Alabama.

The 17 seniors will be introduced before the game. After the game, there will be no team meeting, and the players will be free to mingle with friends and family immediately.

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Whole-hearted birthday wishes to two better halves — Mrs. Sailor Blue and Mrs. BigHiloFan2.

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