Now, Was That So Hard?
January 20, 2010, 05:22 AM
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60 Minutes ran a story Sunday night on Samoan football players, and for once the press respected the public`s intelligence by admitting what everybody can see with their eyes: that Samoans tend to be large.
There`s a small community that produces more players for the NFL than anyplace else in America. It isn`t in Texas, or Florida or Oklahoma. In fact, it`s as far from the foundations of football as you can get.

Call it "Football Island" - American Samoa, a rock in the distant South Pacific.

From an island of just 65,000 people, there are more than 30 players of Samoan descent in the NFL and more than 200 playing Division I college ball. That`s like 30 current NFL players coming out of Sparks, Nev., or Gastonia, N.C. 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley traveled 8,000 miles to American Samoa and found a people and traditions so perfectly suited to America`s game - it`s as if they`d been waiting centuries for football to come ashore. ...

It`s estimated that a boy born to Samoan parents is 56 times more likely to get into the NFL than any other kid in America. ...

The Samoan people are big. And big is beautiful, according to Togiola Tulafono, the governor of American Samoa.

Tulafono said it`s not just size that makes the Samoans such great football players. His people come from a farming culture that prizes hard work, reverence and discipline. And he thinks that`s why scouts and coaches are pulling out their atlases. ...

Samoans are born big, but the island makes them tough.[American Samoa: Football Island]

"Samoans are born big ..."

That wasn`t so hard to say, now was it? And in the subsequent 48 hours, the world hasn`t come to an end, either ...