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Bob Apisa’s guest appearance on Aloha Friday

Bob Apisa appeared May 10 on the podcast Aloha Friday that is produced by the Sandwich Islands Social Network.

Apisa was college football’s first Samoan All-American player as a fullback with speed and power on Michigan State’s 1965 and 1966 national title teams. He has been enshrined in the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame and the Michigan State Hall of Fame.

He was born in American Samoa, but his family moved to Honolulu when he was in elementary school. He discovered football and played at Farrington High. After his college career he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers, but knee injuries were too much to overcome.

In Michigan State’s unbeaten march to the 1966 Game of the Century, the Spartans needed to come from behind to beat Ohio State 11-8 in the rain and on a muddy field. All of the Spartans’ points were scored by Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty’s Hawaiian Pipeline players.

Dick Kenney, a bare-footed kicker from Honolulu Iolani, kicked a field goal, Apisa scored on a fourth-and-one touchdown dive late in the game and Charlie Wedemeyer, the holder who was the holder from Honolulu Punahou, caught a two-point conversion pass from Kenney after when he flipped the ball to the kicker. Kenney also was a pitcher on Michigan State’s baseball team.

Apisa later enjoyed a long career in Hollywood as an actor and stuntman, including Hawaii Five-O and Magnum P.I.

Apisa discussed all these phases of his life, his experiences and friends and family along the way.

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