Laie native and Punahou alumnus Menti Te’o was officially inducted into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Saturday morning.
Te’o’s illustrious football career includes a Heisman Trophy runner-up finish in 2012 during his senior year at Norte Dame, where he also won several individual awards including the Maxwell Trophy.
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As a prep star at Punahou, Te’o was the highest-rated recruit in Hawaii history and chose Notre Dame over dozens of offers.
After being selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the then-San Diego Chargers, Te’o had an eight-year NFL career that included stints with the New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears.
Te’o was inducted Saturday along with 11-year NFL veteran Mike Iupati, a two-time All-Pro guard and four-time Pro Bowler.