Mighty Samson

There is a modern parable about a billionaire, who donated a million dollars to charity, mocking his daughter’s boyfriend for donating only $20. The boyfriend said: “I only had $20. I gave everything I had.”

Samson Anguay is, maybe, 5 feet 7 when he inhales, and 170 pounds after a full meal. But when it came to football, he gave everything he had.

His three-sport skills enabled the 2010 Campbell High graduate to earn a UH football scholarship. After grayshirting during the 2010 fall semester, Anguay joined the Warriors on January 2011. That spring training, special teams coordinator Dick Tomey viewed Anguay as the No. 1 punt returner.

But during unsupervised workouts that summer, Anguay crumpled in a painful heap after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee. He missed the 2011 season.

The following spring, he suffered a partially torn ACL in his left knee. He opted for rehab instead of surgery. But that summer, the pain intensified, and he underwent surgery, missing the 2012 season.

Two years, two ACL surgeries.

And then Anguay was back. He was at slotback, then running back, then slotback, then running back, then …

Sometimes, he was at two positions in the same week.

He didn’t play much, but when he did, he played with enthusiasm.

This week, Anguay announced on social media that he will be seeking to graduate earlier than schedule. He will remain on full scholarship until he graduates; he will remain a Warrior for life.


  1. 1 April 16, 2015 5:49 am


  2. PONO April 16, 2015 5:56 am

    Good luck to Samson. He’s had some hard luck.

  3. 3-Prong April 16, 2015 6:08 am

    Although Samson accepted the medical, I am confident the experience has elevated the strength of his character.

    Mahalo Samson…

  4. RSYmoney April 16, 2015 6:42 am

    Aloha Samson,

    You tried your best with no regrets. I know you will be successful in life because of the trials you endured and overcame. Good Luck Samson!

  5. boolakanaka April 16, 2015 6:54 am

    Hmmmn, multiple ACLs have been the “Delilah” for many a player–good luck bruddha Samson!!

  6. J-FORCE April 16, 2015 7:21 am

    Super, super cool guy. Mahalo brudda Samson!

  7. tom April 16, 2015 7:27 am


    And best wishes to Samson! Thank you.

  8. rage777 April 16, 2015 7:36 am


    Do you have a list of people that you want to feature on the blog, or do you just randomly pick people because of their stories? Most of the time, I wonder why you pick certain people to feature on the blog.

  9. Trunks420 April 16, 2015 8:00 am

    HardLuck is all we had last few years and the player’s go through it and have it worse than we do.

    Looking forward to Sept 3 Big day for both sides of my family.

  10. A-House April 16, 2015 8:15 am

    unofficial poll:

    how many on this blog, active poster or lurker, will attend the UH/Colorado game on 9/3/2015?

    if working stiff, is it worth taking 2 days vacation or sick leave time to see the game?

    jus askin!

  11. 3-Prong April 16, 2015 8:20 am

    A-House: In the immortal words of Michael Jackson, “I’ll Be There”. Das One. Come on, we need 34,999 more!

  12. jm2375 April 16, 2015 8:22 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Thank you and best wishes to Mr. Anguay.

    Happy birthday, wafan!


  13. Marleysdad April 16, 2015 8:35 am

    A-House, my tailgate crew & I will be there.

    Other than an emergency, I cannot see why any so called fan would not go to the home opener.

    Suck it up buttercup.

  14. Old School Dave April 16, 2015 8:36 am

    Mahalo, Samson! Best of luck in the future!

  15. seewhy April 16, 2015 8:46 am

    Thanks, Samson! Good luck with the rest of your schooling.

  16. seewhy April 16, 2015 8:48 am

    RE: A-House #10

    Sadly, I won’t be able to attend the UH/Colorado season opener… It will be too hard to fly on Thursday and make it back for work on Friday.

  17. Arcumfortis April 16, 2015 8:51 am

    10….will definitely be there for the home opener….anticipate much cursing while driving through traffic and repeated references to the lame brain planning for a Thurs evening opener…..will probably wish the pox upon all who arranged for this game at this time…..then…..get to the stadium….smell the bbq….see fellow tailgaters, familiar faces and friends…..it will be ok

  18. jimmy the lock April 16, 2015 8:52 am

    Thank you Samson. Nothing but the best in your future endeavors.

  19. iwonderwhytheyhateme April 16, 2015 8:55 am

    Boy does time fly…Best of luck to Anguay, #W4L.

    This is the year we have been waiting for. All of the recruits belong to Chow & Co. No excuses about empty cupboards from the last regime. The season where he needs to take us to a Hawaii Bowl or turn in the keys to his office.

  20. Cook 'Em April 16, 2015 8:58 am

    #10 – Lurker here. Will be at the game. Not planning to take vacation. Can get to game by 7:00 pm and figure will be done by 11:00 pm. Should be able to get enough sleep to work at 8:00 am, Friday. Sympathies, though, to folks who start work before 8:00. Only the young can function on less than 6 hours. Us old folks need our rest!

  21. jimmy the lock April 16, 2015 9:00 am

    Of course I’m taking vacation to see the game. We’ve had ample time to plan for this vacation. Even for the Scarecrow it’s a no-brainer.

    But heh, if someone needs to save their vacation for other adventures that’s up to them. Do what you like, your time, your hard earned leave with pay.

  22. Mrs. SB April 16, 2015 9:18 am

    Of course I will be there. T-gate as well. I missed the last three home games last year and I’m ready to see UH play football.

  23. Akamai Okole April 16, 2015 9:28 am

    Great Morning All!

    Aloha Mr. Anguay. Imua, Warrior!

  24. Akamai Okole April 16, 2015 9:30 am

    Tryna buy my parking passes this morning but the eTicket site is nogo. “No one available to answer the phone” at the ticket office.

    Wea da new UHAD? 👿

  25. Akamai Okole April 16, 2015 9:37 am


    Squeaky wheel comes thru again…passes secured! 😀


    OK. Goodtago now. We going be there! GO WARRIORS!

  26. Noio April 16, 2015 9:42 am

    ST- Justin Vele and Ryan Pasoquen were also redshirts under Coach Mac in 2011. Wouldn’t miss a home game – no matter what day or what time. Planned a vacation day as soon as the schedule was out. Those boys need and deserve our support. GO Rainbow Warriors!!!!!!

  27. SteveM April 16, 2015 9:48 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Good luck to Samson Anguay!

  28. SteveM April 16, 2015 10:00 am

    RE: #10
    A-House — I’ll be there. But I am retired…

    Thursday is a bad day (unless we get a lot of TV $$$), but the game time is good.

    Akamai Okole — got my pass too. Was hoping for the makai circle due to the low ticket renewals, but am too low on the totem pole. 😐

  29. Trunks420 April 16, 2015 10:09 am

    Sorry I won’t make it due to me flying to LAX then to Fresno for my Daughter’s Fiance Game.

    But I’ll be sure to take Notes for Our Warriors.

  30. NorthShoreFan April 16, 2015 10:33 am

    Guud Morning Tsaikos…bootiful day.

    Mahalo Samson! Definition of a true WARRIOR! Hit the books and make it pay off!

    me and my patnah will be at the t-gate…if she can, we go to da game too. da smell of bbq in da air… and bread pudding?…and laulau and …. saliva dripping already!

    no need take two days off…half and half and no drink too much…should be good.

  31. NorthShoreFan April 16, 2015 10:37 am

    eh, no can make one imu at the cabanas?….just asking…

  32. NorthShoreFan April 16, 2015 10:41 am

    once upon a time use to visit Chrystal Palace, close da place and go night club on Keeaumoku close da place, drive home, change and go work..

  33. Kaimuki Kid April 16, 2015 10:57 am

    My party of 5 will be there. Hope we make cow pies of them Buffs… Go Rainbow Warriors!!!

  34. Jam April 16, 2015 11:00 am

    I’ll be in my seat..partner will be away.

  35. NorthShoreFan April 16, 2015 11:16 am

    Yeah…a Tsaiko T-gate call!

  36. Stephen Tsai April 16, 2015 11:18 am

    Thanks. For some reason, I thought Pasoquen and Vele grayshirted. Pasoquen said today he didn’t.
    My bad.
    Thanks for the correction.

  37. Old Diver April 16, 2015 11:19 am

    Will be there.

  38. HawaiiMongoose April 16, 2015 11:44 am

    I’ll be there.

  39. H-man April 16, 2015 11:50 am

    Samson, Thank you and Fair Sailing !!! I’ll be at the Colorado game. My family cannot make it, workday and school conflicts.

  40. A-House April 16, 2015 12:55 pm

    for all those attending the UH-Colorado game – enjoy!!!!

    it would be like 1:30-2 am before going to bed and have to work the next day – too old for that

    BTW – who mentioned getting $$$ from the telecast – UH gets a big fat ZERO revenue – believe all MWC teams must exceed UH’s PPV revenue before UH can share in any televised money making games – that is $2.5 million in 2015 and MWC teams not even close to making $2.5 mil each.

  41. oneseason April 16, 2015 12:55 pm

    #10 … I will be at the game … I probably take vacation for the afternoon to avoid normal workday traffic … scheduling the season opener against the marquee opponent (such as they are) of the season on a Thursday night seems like a bonehead move on the surface. However, I can’t remember the details of the UH explanation. Colorado is playing Hawaii one week (9/3) and Massachusetts the next (9/12). But Colorado is play Massachusetts at home in Boulder, and UMass (Mid-American Conf.) won a total of two games last year. I can’t see Colorado have much grounds for negotiating to move the game.

  42. Kama Krab April 16, 2015 12:58 pm

    Howzit Everybody,

    I’ll definitely be there. Been going to the games since I was 6 (now 33). No since stop now. Go Bows

  43. Kama Krab April 16, 2015 1:07 pm

    #40 howzit A-House,

    Should be good to go. Games should be done @ 10-11. Come on braddah gotta support.

    By the way hows the wife. Miss seeing you all.

  44. Darren April 16, 2015 1:26 pm

    It’s the first game of the freakin’ season!!!! Gonna do whatever it takes to make it there…

    Best wishes to Samson. Still remember watching Campbell games and thinking this guy is really really fast.

  45. Down with... April 16, 2015 1:40 pm

    rain, sleet, snow, volcanic activity, hurricanes, sickness, vog, nothing will stop me from seeing the Warriors play, not even Thursday games….the only thing that will stop me HONOLULU TRAFFIC- I plan to be there, if i can get there

  46. st. anthony trojan April 16, 2015 1:53 pm

    To all those attending the game…surely all our ‘warriors’ on the field n on the bench….thanks you for your support on their first win of the season…Hopefully there will be at least 6 more…for that bowl…which will start on a much better and convenient time…

  47. A-house April 16, 2015 3:00 pm


    we are fine – thanks for asking!

    I see that the MWC has decided to “kick-off” their TV season with UH vs Colorado on 9/3/2015 – did the MWC tell Ben Jay that this was the plan? If yes, why didn’t Ben J say so?

    I am happy to see a hand full are planning to attend, but I would be very happy to see more than 12,000 at the game – Thursday nite @ 7pm facing pau hana traffic and a past 11pm end of game – I say 11 pm because if Colorado “runs” and UH passes, a 10 pm finish is way too short – many incompletions/dropped ball will stop the clock: or can the MWC change the rules to “run the clock” the entire game? will this be allowed by the NCAA? will there b a protest?

  48. Da Punchbowl Kid April 16, 2015 3:10 pm

    Mahalo Samson! Best wishes and fond aloha as you move to the next chapter in your life!

  49. bowwar April 16, 2015 3:40 pm

    I’ll be at the opener, but I’m not sure who’ll be with me due to the date and time. It is a “pain in the butt” to have it on a Thursday and having to deal with the “rush hour” traffic to the stadium…BJ is an absolute idiot for agreeing to this and NOT getting anything out of it.

  50. jus1oki April 16, 2015 3:52 pm

    ST any updates on how the QBs look and the new coaches

  51. iwonderwhytheyhateme April 16, 2015 3:56 pm


    Don’t worry, Hawaii will continue to run the ball on a matter of principle.

  52. Trunks420 April 16, 2015 4:00 pm

    4Star WR LJ Reed decommited from UCLA and Transfer’s to Fresno State.

    Why Not Hawaii.

  53. hitman April 16, 2015 5:07 pm

    aloha everyone !! was thinking of a way to boycott without hurting but get the word out !! may set up for a home game to black out ! wear all black !!!

  54. oldtimer808 April 16, 2015 5:24 pm

    If the state was smart, all freeway construction should be halted for the Thursday night game to allow traffic to flow freely going West. This also includes East bound traffic heading towards the Aloha Stadium from the West which means Kamehameha Hwy should open up their lanes from Waipahu. This is one way of supporting the University of Hawaii football thanks to Ben Jay’s parting shot planning of the Colorado game.

  55. Inyoface April 16, 2015 6:01 pm

    #51 Cause he junk

  56. Boolakanaka April 16, 2015 6:08 pm

    Or because it’s less than 2.5 hours from where he went to HS.

  57. Winning April 16, 2015 8:16 pm

    Thot Ben Jay left already. Hele on already! Hurry up!

  58. cappie the dog April 16, 2015 9:07 pm

    Any chance Ian Kahaloa signs with Hawaii?

  59. boolakanaka April 17, 2015 3:39 am

    MM to the bolts?? –http://national.suntimes.com/nfl/7/72/946003/philip-rivers-marcus-mariota-trade

  60. chopsueyboy April 17, 2015 4:17 am

    Attended last night’s Anaheim Duck Playoff game 1 at the Honda Center with our son, Nicholas. Caught a puck while sitting in the second row. This weekend’s schedule includes Star Wars Celebration, Disneyland, and maybe Duck’s Playoff Game 2.

    Unable to make UH games, moved to Seattle. Will continue to follow team.

    Aloha to all Tsai-kos!

  61. A-House April 17, 2015 5:58 am


    Kahaloa already committed/signed to play for Hawaii, but will the lure of BIG $$$$ take him direct to the major league?

    like Sid Fernandez, Daryl Strawberry, Quisenberry (submarine delivery), Shane Victorino, etc. – my spelling junk!! in reality, junk every day

  62. A-House April 17, 2015 6:00 am


    as always, best to you and family!!

    will you and wife start up the delectable candy business again? they were fabulous!!!

  63. Stephen Tsai April 17, 2015 7:32 am

    New post: http://hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=30162

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