The Sack Man

October 24th, 2013


In Norm Chow's 40 years of coaching, there were two opposing defensive linemen who forced Chow's staffs to change their usual blocking schemes — Dwight Freeney and Al Noga.

"You couldn't block them the way you would normally block a scheme," Chow said.

Freeney was "impossible to block," Chow said.

Chow said Noga was comparable, particularly as a pass rusher.

Chow announced that Noga — a UH graduate and All-America defensive lineman who played seven NFL seasons — will be UH's honorary captain for Saturday's homecoming game against Colorado State at Aloha Stadium.

Chow then added a third game-altering defensive lineman.

"Niko Noga was tough, too," Chow said of Al Noga's older brother.

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UTEP coach Bob Stull once said the Miners were "Noganized" in a loss.

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After a blowout loss to UH, Fullerton State coach Gene Murphy noted that Al Noga appeared to be from another planet.

Told that, Noga said, "I'm from Planet Kalihi."

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In a 2009 story, Wes Nakama wrote:

At the University of Hawai'i in the 1980s, dormitory students would cross a nearby stream by walking over three or four huge stone slabs laid in a line leading to the opposite side.

How those slaps — each probably weighing well over 500 pounds — got there was a mystery, but some students had a theory that eventually developed into somewhat of a legend.

"Maybe," students said, "the Noga brothers hauled them down from the mountain and placed them in the streambed, one by one."

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