Wedemeyer Selected To Polynesian Football Hall of Fame

Former Saint Mary’s halfback Herman Wedemeyer is among seven inductees selected for the inaugural class for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

The enshrinement ceremony will be held prior to the NFL Pro Bowl on January 23, 2014 in Honolulu.  The class will also include Kurt Gouveia, Olin Kreutz, Kevin Mawae, Junior Seau, Jack Thompson and Ken Niumatalolo.

Wedemeyer finished fourth in the 1945 Heisman Trophy balloting and was a consensus All-America selection for the Gaels.  That year, famed sportswriter Grantland Rice called Wedemeyer the greatest athlete in the country after he was named to the Associated Press and United Press International All-America teams.

He was the first Polynesian inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, later served as a politician in Hawai’i and is well-known for his acting career – most notably playing Seargeant/Detective “Duke” Lakela in the television series Hawaii Five-O.


About Richard Kilwien

Associate AD at the University of Texas at Arlington
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