The early buzz is that defensive tackle Kaniela Tuipulotu is considered to be the Warriors’ top NFL prospect for the 2012 draft. Tuipulotu has drawn praise for his skill, technique, leadership and on-field nastiness.
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Before Miah Ostrowski and after Ikaika Alama-Francis, the best basketball-playing football player on the Manoa campus was Davone Bess.
Bess created the Bess All-Stars, which plays in basketball games to raise money for local charities. Bess said he is planning a game against HPD officers in January in Hawaii. He said among the players he will bring are Ronnie Brown, Josh Johnson, Marshawn Lynch and, possibly, Brandon Marshall.
Bess said his activities can be found on his Web site: Davone Bess.
Follow his tweets at http://twitter.com/#!/davonebess.
Imitation isn’t always so flattering, though. Bess said there was a guy going around South Florida pretending to be him. The fake was getting free drinks. Bess said they caught the guy.
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Just learned what probably everybody else knew: NFL players have to pay taxes to the state in which road games are played.
Most NFL players get paid once a week, for 17 weeks. (Some teams pay every other week; the Titans stretch the pay period over nine months.) But for those who get paid weekly, the amounts are different based on the game’s location that week. Best places to play? Florida, Texas and Washington state do not impose state taxes.
Wonder how much a player gets squeezed for playing in the Pro Bowl?
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Happy birthday to Jenny Yim-Nordquist.