HONOLULU, Hawai'i -- Former Saint Mary's College football star Herman Wedemeyer was one of seven inductees selected to comprise the inaugural class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame in a ceremony last month at the Hawai'i Convention Center.
In addition to Wedemeyer, the inaugural class includes Kurt Keola Gouveia, Olin George Kreutz, Kevin James Mawai, Tiaina Baul "Junior" Seau, Jr., Jack Thompson and Ken Niumatalolo. The selection committee was comprised of former college head football coaches Dick Tomey, LaVell Edwards, Ron McBride, Neil Everett, Gil Brandt and Robert Kekaula.
A number of members of the Wedemeyer family and former Saint Mary's College Brother President Ronald Gallagher were among the crowd of around 600 at the induction dinner last month.
The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. It's charitable mission is as follows:
Preserve, promote and serve as a resource for Polynesian Football history.
College scholarships designated for student-athletes of Polynesian ancestry will be awarded to the alma mater of each Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Inductee.
Educational programs focusing on character and teamwork for youth within the Polynesian community.
Support may also be provided for other initiatives positively benefiting Polynesian culture and heritage.
HERMAN JOHN WEDEMEYER
Halfback … Saint Mary’s College … Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame … Consensus All-American … Finished Fourth in 1945 Heisman Trophy voting … First Polynesian to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1979) … Los Angeles Dons (AAFC) 1948, Baltimore Colts (AAFC) 1949 … Two seasons … Selected by Dons in 1st round, 9th player overall (1947 AAFC Draft) … Led AAFC in punt return yardage (1948) … Later starred as Sergeant/Detective “Duke” Lakela in television series Hawaii Five-O … Nicknamed Squirmin’ Herman, Flyin’ Hawaiian & The Hula Hipped Hawaiian … Born May 20, 1924 in Hilo, HI … Died January 25, 1999.