By Stephen Tsai
Running back Aofaga Wily is expected to retire from football because of medical concerns stemming from a concussion he suffered last year.
If his petition is granted — he awaits approval from doctors and administrators — Wily will remain on full scholarship but not count toward the Warriors' 85-scholarship limit for active players.
"His health is way more important than football," coach Norm Chow said.
Wily was the state's top offensive player in 2012 when he led Kahuku High to a 12-0 record and a second consecutive Division I title. He signed with UH on Feb. 6, 2013.
Wily played in two games as a true freshman, starting one, before suffering a concussion. Persistent headaches forced him to withdraw from the fall semester. He returned for the 2014 spring semester, and was cleared to practice on a limited basis. But after experiencing some side effects, it was jointly decided to consider retirement.
Wily and his wife have a 2-month-old child.
In the past three years, slotback Justin Clapp, fullback Dustin Elisara, and offensive linemen Levi Legay, Chauncy Winchester-Makainai and Jordan Loeffler were granted medical retirements. Clapp earned a master's degree, and Legay, Winchester-Makainai and Loeffler completed work on bachelor's degrees. Elisara is still a UH student on scholarship.
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Many, many years ago, one of the best o-linemen to come out of Hawaii had to give up his football dream because of the risk of a spinal injury.
When one door closes, another door … well, you know the saying.
He eventually became one of the world's strongest.
Today he is known simply as Pastor Joe.
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During the 1989 basketball banquet, Reggie Cross received the Art Woolaway Award as the team's most valuable player. Cross looked at the large koa bowl and said: "I eat a lot of cereal."
To Michelle Wie and Reggie Cross, raise a cup — and bowl — to always celebrate the limitless possibilities of youth: Forever Young