The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame today announced that the Polynesian Bowl, presented by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, will be broadcast live in prime time on the NFL Network on Friday, January 20, 2023 at 9 p.m. ET (4 p.m. HT). ). . The game is played at Kūnuiākea Stadium on the Kapālama Campus of Kamehameha Schools.
“This is an important milestone and recognition for the Polynesian community to have broadcast the Polynesian Bowl live in prime time on NFL Network,” said Jesse Sapolu, four-time Super Bowl champion for the 49ers. of San Francisco, president and co-founder of the Polynesian Football Hall of Notoriety. “We thank Commissioner Goodell and the owners of the National Football League for their commitment to sharing our culture. It’s Friday Night Football in Hawai’i!”
“We are thrilled to broadcast the Polynesian Bowl exclusively on NFL Network,” said Mark Quenzel, NFL senior vice president, chief content officer. “The impact of the Polynesian community through the National Football League is deep and wide-ranging, and we look forward to providing a platform for the next generation of Polynesian talent to showcase their skills and talent.”
Polynesians make up less than half of 1% of the US population, but continue to have an outsized impact on the NFL. Around 70 Polynesian players are currently on NFL rosters, such as DeForest Buckner, Talanoa Hufanga, Marcus Mariota, Jordan Mailata, Jordan Poyer, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Penei Sewell, Ronnie Stanley, Tua Tagovailoa, Vita Vea and Zach Wilson. Legends Junior Seau, Kevin Mawae and Troy Polamalu have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Polynesian Bowl is a premier all-star game played annually in Honolulu, Hawai’i that features 100 of the nation’s highest-ranked high school students of Polynesian and non-Polynesian ancestry — many of whom played in the NFL . The game has become the most sought-after All-Star football invite – a rapid rise since its inaugural game in 2017. Last January, the highest-ranked player of 2022, Travis Hunter, participated in the game and was named Offensive MVP. Main partners are Microsoft Surface Pro, adidas, BodyArmor, Riddell, CrossCountry Mortgage, Friends of Hawai’i Charities, Hawaiian Airlines, HBCTC and Hawaii News Now.
“Since its inception, Honolulu has been proud and honored to be the host city of this signature event featuring many of the nation’s top high school football players. The Polynesian Bowl signifies the excellence and powerful impact that Polynesians continue to contribute to modern football at all levels of the game!” said Honolulu City and County Mayor Rick Blangiardi.