In a first of its kind of announcement, Frederick Mauigoa from Tafuna (AS) recently received an invite to the Blue-Grey All-American. Accordingly, he accepted, thus making history.
Soon, the 6-foot-4 and 290-pound senior offensive lineman will play for the West vs. East on one of the biggest stages around, as many know, Dec. 20 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.
Once there, after stepping foot in the Lone Star State, Mauigoa will forever be remembered as the first player from American Samoa to play in a postseason game of this magnitude.
“Being selected to the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl is an honor,” Mauigoa said. “It’s an opportunity to show everyone what we can do, people from American Samoa, here on The Rock.”
One of his first tastes of national exposure, some might say, came mere days after March’s Blue-Grey Regional Combine in Honolulu (HI). Mauigoa was certainly on the map thereafter.
Then, with the help of Keiki Misipeka and Rachel Jennings from Pasefika International Sports Alliance, Mauigoa was recognized last week during the Blue-Grey Jersey Presentation Tour.
“This is a milestone for American Samoa, Frederick is opening a lot of doors for the next generation of athletes, and that’s always been the main goal of our foundation,” Misipeka said.
“Playing in an NFL stadium, every kid in American Samoan has that same dream. Frederick will make his come true in front of the whole nation at the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl.”
Beyond that, the next step for Mauigoa is playing in college. He has a handful of scholarship offers in place already and appears destined to land somewhere in the Pac-12 Conference.
Worth mentioning, two other Blue-Grey All-American Bowl showdowns are in the works. The first is North vs. South on Jan. 9 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium.
Last but not least, Blue vs. Grey will battle for all-important bragging rights on Jan. 16 at Jacksonville Jaguars’ Everbank Field. First, however, Mauigoa & Co. will take center stage.
“I can’t wait to see the big man in action and represent for his community, it’s going to be special,” said NFL veteran and Blue-Grey All-American Bowl West coach Mark McMillian.