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calmkiller
05-27-2008, 07:45 AM
http://news.steelers.com/article/88931/


Where Are They Now?

CHRIS FUAMATU-MAíAFALA

Running Back
1998-2002
Resides in Hawaii





What is your current job and what does it entail?

I am working with Army Youth Sports. We organize games and different sports for kids in military families. We have different programs for them, have sports games for them. I help put the programs together and implement them. Itís a lot of fun. We are able to do football camps using the military facility. It helps out a lot because it can hold a lot of people. We have had a lot of football camps. Itís awesome.



Did you ever help at football camps for kids while you wee playing for the Steelers?

I did a couple of football camps up there that Merril Hoge and Chris Conrad ran. That got me interested. Plus football is what I have been doing all of my life. Thatís what I know and I wanted to give back to the community. Sports are what I do. Itís right up my alley.



What is the reaction you get from kids having a former NFL player helping out?

Itís big, especially me coming from Hawaii. It kind of gives them hope. What has been happening lately is there is a big boom of Polynesian players getting drafted or a shot at the NFL. Itís been good. I never got to visit with any Polynesian professional football players. They usually all stayed on the mainland after the season. I saw them on television but never got to meet them. This is a good way to show them a face and show the kids that they can make it too.



What is the fondest memory from your playing career?

I would have to say when I used to drive to Three Rivers Stadium and I would come in with a broken down car. It was the only old car to pull up. Everybody else had the up-to-date brand new cars but when I would pull in the fans would still be excited to see me. That was huge. I will never forget that. What great fans.



What was your best game?

I didnít get to play much so thatís hard. I would say a game against Cleveland when I scored. I played a lot on special teams, more than I did on offense. But at the end Amos Zereoue hurt his shoulder and they put me in at the end.



What did you like most about playing for the Steelers?

Everything was like a family. I miss the fans. It wasnít the same when I went to Jacksonville. Steelers fans are so loyal. The friendships, the city are great. It will always be my second home. I canít wait to come back and visit. I want to take a trip back.


Did it amaze you the way the fans embraced you?

When you arenít playing as much you figure you are not going to have a good fan base. But that was not the case for me. The fans in Pittsburgh realize how players play. I know they saw me get knocked out on a kickoff a couple of times, but they knew what they wee going to get when I took the field. I was going to give it everything I had. Thatís the one thing I always appreciated about the fans is they could separate the real from the fake. It was awesome.



Who were the teammates you were closest to during your playing days?

Kimo von Oelhoffen, being from Hawaii, and I were close. Troy Edwards, Joey Porter, Hines Ward Ė we all came in the same class. Deshea Townsend, Alan Faneca, Jerame Tuman. I was close with everyone. There were so many friendships. During training camp we would stay up late and hang out. I really miss that part of the game.



Do you still keep in touch with former teammates?

Oh yeah. Whenever I get a chance I give them a call or text them. I am going to meet up with Jerome Bettis soon. He is coming to Hawaii and we are going to get together. He was a big part of my career coming up.



Was it important to your development to have a guy like Jerome helping you?

That was big. That was huge. Me coming out of college I was raw. I didnít really understand things. Between the tackles there are a lot of adjustments running backs have to make. Watching him on film and sitting in the meeting room by him he would whisper advice Ė see what I did here. It was the little stuff that helped me. It helped me in my career. He was a big plus for me.



Do you still follow the Steelers and if so, how closely?

Thatís my team. I will never be remembered as a Jaguar. I will always be remembered as a Steeler.

BIG FAN
05-27-2008, 08:00 AM
Good post.
I guess it's like Woodson said, "Once a Steeler, always a Steeler."
Like what he's doing with those kids too.

Oviedo
05-27-2008, 08:01 AM
Too bad Fu couldn't stay healthy. he was one of my favorite Steelers.

BIG FAN
05-27-2008, 08:07 AM
Too bad Fu couldn't stay healthy. he was one of my favorite Steelers.

I liked him too, thought he was going to be a big bruiser early on.

rpmpit
05-27-2008, 08:23 AM
Loved Fu!!! One bad Ma'afala!!!

Who will ever forget his td in the Browns playoff game??

proudpittsburgher
05-27-2008, 09:31 AM
Loved Fu!!! One bad Ma'afala!!!

Who will ever forget his td in the Browns playoff game??

Just watched that game on my DVR last night. I still get goosebumps on that draw. And to this day, I still don't know how we won that game. I'm only 32, but we had a lot of good teams in my heyday, and a lot of good games were played, but that has to be in my top 3 games watched of all time as a Steelers fan. Quite possibly No. 1 if we hadn't won a Super Bowl. :lol:

To echo what others on this thread have commented already, I am very proud of our team and fan base. I'm also proud of guys like Fu. In an era when too many players are out for themselves and will never understand what it means to learn from a teammate, and to play a team concept, this guy got it. To hear him say things like he will always be a Steeler means a lot, especially since he didn;t play all that long here. I know others roll their eyes at me when I say it, but being a Steelers fan means something special, and there are only a short few teams in the NFL whose fans can say that.

Iron Shiek
05-27-2008, 09:35 AM
Loved Fu!!! One bad Ma'afala!!!

Who will ever forget his td in the Browns playoff game??

Just watched that game on my DVR last night. I still get goosebumps on that draw. And to this day, I still don't know how we won that game. I'm only 32, but we had a lot of good teams in my heyday, and a lot of good games were played, but that has to be in my top 3 games watched of all time as a Steelers fan. Quite possibly No. 1 if we hadn't won a Super Bowl. :lol:

To echo what others on this thread have commented already, I am very proud of our team and fan base. I'm also proud of guys like Fu. In an era when too many players are out for themselves and will never understand what it means to learn from a teammate, and to play a team concept, this guy got it. To hear him say things like he will always be a Steeler means a lot, especially since he didn;t play all that long here. I know others roll their eyes at me when I say it, but being a Steelers fan means something special, and there are only a short few teams in the NFL whose fans can say that.


Absolutely $$$. If I had the clapping emoticon, I'd give you a couple of those as well!

Fu was a rock man. I love how appreciative he is of the fans too. Its good to see the players recognize how enthralled we fans are in this team. That's why we are the best fan base in the NFL!!

proudpittsburgher
05-27-2008, 09:45 AM
Loved Fu!!! One bad Ma'afala!!!

Who will ever forget his td in the Browns playoff game??

Looked all over the internet for video of that TD to no avail. If anyone has a link, I'm sure we would all be much abliged. I know I just saw it on my DVR, but I wouldn't mind seeing it again.

rpmpit
05-27-2008, 09:49 AM
Loved Fu!!! One bad Ma'afala!!!

Who will ever forget his td in the Browns playoff game??

Looked all over the internet for video of that TD to no avail. If anyone has a link, I'm sure we would all be much abliged. I know I just saw it on my DVR, but I wouldn't mind seeing it again.

I did a quick google search for the pic and nothing.

birtikidis
05-27-2008, 10:15 AM
Fu was always one of my favorite players. i really thought he was gonna take over for Jerome... too bad he ended up in jax.

Iron Shiek
05-27-2008, 10:18 AM
Fu was always one of my favorite players. i really thought he was gonna take over for Jerome... too bad he ended up in jax.

At least he kind of refers to his time there in Jax as his "lost years" the way he was talking. He just seemed like he didn't enjoy it there or something. Their 20 fans couldn't compare to the Nation...errr Planet!

Shawn
05-27-2008, 10:23 AM
FUUUUUUUUU!!!

That was my dawg right there. :D

He left it on the field when he played. Too bad he couldn't stay
healthy. I would love to have a team full of guys with that kind of
heart.

J_C_Steel
05-27-2008, 10:48 AM
Too bad Fu couldn't stay healthy. he was one of my favorite Steelers.

If his body hadn't betrayed him, he could have been a solid FB/HB hybrid for us for a bunch of years. Wasn't meant to be.

AngryAsian
05-27-2008, 12:34 PM
Fuuu was a throwback player. Displaced in time. We are fortunate as fans, that we not only have team history to brag about and championships, but even more importantly, the players that fandom can be proud of. Our players played because they loved the sport and loved the franchise... otherwise they weren't Steelers. Others have labeled ownership as cheap, but I think this moniker is poorly used. We've historically taken care of our own and continue to use this same recipe in this age of "player first, franchise second." For the most part, I like the way we've handled our players past and present. I think inflated salaries don't necessarily yield better teams.... Look at Jones and Snyder... do they have SB credits as of late? Fu is yet another example of our franchise tradition of shelling out players that echo the team ideologies..... team and family.

RuthlessBurgher
05-27-2008, 01:16 PM
When I first got married, my wife was indoctrinated as a Steeler fan, so I told her that she could pick the player, and I would buy her her first jersey. At the time, Kordell was the most prominent Steeler player, so that is who she picked (as a guy who has worn a Greg Lloyd jersey since he was in the 8th grade, Kordell would not have been my first choice, needless to say). She has learned more about Steeler football since then, though. In our years together since then, she picked out a Ward jersey for me by herself (good choice...if I was going to make the switch to an offensive player, that is the way I would have gone) and on a visit to Pittsburgh, she found a Fuamatu-Ma'Afala jersey she wanted, so I bought it for her on the spot. She became a true Steeler fan at that moment. :D

AngryAsian
05-27-2008, 01:32 PM
When I first got married, my wife was indoctrinated as a Steeler fan, so I told her that she could pick the player, and I would buy her her first jersey. At the time, Kordell was the most prominent Steeler player, so that is who she picked (as a guy who has worn a Greg Lloyd jersey since he was in the 8th grade, Kordell would not have been my first choice, needless to say). She has learned more about Steeler football since then, though. In our years together since then, she picked out a Ward jersey for me by herself (good choice...if I was going to make the switch to an offensive player, that is the way I would have gone) and on a visit to Pittsburgh, she found a Fuamatu-Ma'Afala jersey she wanted, so I bought it for her on the spot. She became a true Steeler fan at that moment. :D


I envy you guys who can convert your spouses. My wife doesn't even follow football. I have a feeling that when my little girl and I start sitting down every Sunday to watch Steeler games, she'll feel like a fifth wheel and finally join in. I'm going to try the jersey thing with her. Hopefully that will help. Great story, Ruthless.

Jigawatts
05-27-2008, 01:34 PM
Loved Fu!!! One bad Ma'afala!!!

Who will ever forget his td in the Browns playoff game??

Looked all over the internet for video of that TD to no avail. If anyone has a link, I'm sure we would all be much abliged. I know I just saw it on my DVR, but I wouldn't mind seeing it again.

I think I have that game on DVD. I'm a little rusty, but I'll try to use my special
Jiga powers to post the video.

calmkiller
05-27-2008, 01:44 PM
When I first got married, my wife was indoctrinated as a Steeler fan, so I told her that she could pick the player, and I would buy her her first jersey. At the time, Kordell was the most prominent Steeler player, so that is who she picked (as a guy who has worn a Greg Lloyd jersey since he was in the 8th grade, Kordell would not have been my first choice, needless to say). She has learned more about Steeler football since then, though. In our years together since then, she picked out a Ward jersey for me by herself (good choice...if I was going to make the switch to an offensive player, that is the way I would have gone) and on a visit to Pittsburgh, she found a Fuamatu-Ma'Afala jersey she wanted, so I bought it for her on the spot. She became a true Steeler fan at that moment. :D


I envy you guys who can convert your spouses. My wife doesn't even follow football. I have a feeling that when my little girl and I start sitting down every Sunday to watch Steeler games, she'll feel like a fifth wheel and finally join in. I'm going to try the jersey thing with her. Hopefully that will help. Great story, Ruthless.

My new girl friend told me she was a Steelers fan last night. She "doesn't watch pro football that much" but when she does she watches the steelers! I probably should have proposed right then....lol WVU and Steeler fan.

proudpittsburgher
05-27-2008, 05:03 PM
When I first got married, my wife was indoctrinated as a Steeler fan, so I told her that she could pick the player, and I would buy her her first jersey. At the time, Kordell was the most prominent Steeler player, so that is who she picked (as a guy who has worn a Greg Lloyd jersey since he was in the 8th grade, Kordell would not have been my first choice, needless to say). She has learned more about Steeler football since then, though. In our years together since then, she picked out a Ward jersey for me by herself (good choice...if I was going to make the switch to an offensive player, that is the way I would have gone) and on a visit to Pittsburgh, she found a Fuamatu-Ma'Afala jersey she wanted, so I bought it for her on the spot. She became a true Steeler fan at that moment. :D


I envy you guys who can convert your spouses. My wife doesn't even follow football. I have a feeling that when my little girl and I start sitting down every Sunday to watch Steeler games, she'll feel like a fifth wheel and finally join in. I'm going to try the jersey thing with her. Hopefully that will help. Great story, Ruthless.

My new girl friend told me she was a Steelers fan last night. She "doesn't watch pro football that much" but when she does she watches the steelers! I probably should have proposed right then....lol WVU and Steeler fan.

I feel blessed. We've been married for almost 10 years (dating about 14) and at first, she totally didn't understand mhy unbridled emotion for the Steelers. She has come around and now, bleeds black and gold with me, although the blood flows at a trickle for my gusher. :lol: I have an awesome wife. She just recently told me she got me tickets and planned a trip through the Burgh for the last showing of "The Chief". Man I love this woman!

buckeyehoppy
05-27-2008, 11:40 PM
Fu was a definite throwback. A real nose-to-the-grindstone type. It was too bad his body checked out on him, but I loved it whenever he had the ball because there was always the potential for something big.

Jigawatts
05-30-2008, 04:10 PM
I found the DVD. Does anyone know how to save the clip from the DVD into
a file that I could post?

NKySteeler
05-30-2008, 05:00 PM
My new girl friend told me she was a Steelers fan last night. She "doesn't watch pro football that much" but when she does she watches the steelers! I probably should have proposed right then....lol WVU and Steeler fan.

She's just saying that to get into your pants....... :lol:

Man, I started to post this same story calm... Had it up on the board and everything.... Then I saw that you posted it a bit earlier.... Luckily I was able to delete it before someone bashed me for double-posting.... :lol:

NKySteeler
05-30-2008, 05:01 PM
I found the DVD. Does anyone know how to save the clip from the DVD into
a file that I could post?

...I think you can copy it from DVD to your computer hard drive, then copy it out...

NKySteeler
05-30-2008, 05:05 PM
I envy you guys who can convert your spouses. My wife doesn't even follow football.

Hey AS, as you know, I'm divorced and about to take the dive for the second time... I can tell you from experience that if you don't get it right the first time, try again!... :lol: (and yes, I know what you are probably thinking right now... And you are correct!...)

05-30-2008, 05:07 PM
Fuuu was a throwback player. Displaced in time. We are fortunate as fans, that we not only have team history to brag about and championships, but even more importantly, the players that fandom can be proud of. Our players played because they loved the sport and loved the franchise... otherwise they weren't Steelers. Others have labeled ownership as cheap, but I think this moniker is poorly used. We've historically taken care of our own and continue to use this same recipe in this age of "player first, franchise second." For the most part, I like the way we've handled our players past and present. I think inflated salaries don't necessarily yield better teams.... Look at Jones and Snyder... do they have SB credits as of late? Fu is yet another example of our franchise tradition of shelling out players that echo the team ideologies..... team and family.


Excellent point. Look at the garbage already starting with Jones and his Cowboys. Greg Ellis wants out if he doesnt get more reps and Roy Williams wants to work out on his own.

There is nothing like Steeler football.

eniparadoxgma
05-30-2008, 07:36 PM
To the OP:

HEY! F U TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :evil: :evil: :evil:

AngryAsian
05-30-2008, 09:00 PM
Fuuu was a throwback player. Displaced in time. We are fortunate as fans, that we not only have team history to brag about and championships, but even more importantly, the players that fandom can be proud of. Our players played because they loved the sport and loved the franchise... otherwise they weren't Steelers. Others have labeled ownership as cheap, but I think this moniker is poorly used. We've historically taken care of our own and continue to use this same recipe in this age of "player first, franchise second." For the most part, I like the way we've handled our players past and present. I think inflated salaries don't necessarily yield better teams.... Look at Jones and Snyder... do they have SB credits as of late? Fu is yet another example of our franchise tradition of shelling out players that echo the team ideologies..... team and family.


Excellent point. Look at the garbage already starting with Jones and his Cowboys. Greg Ellis wants out if he doesnt get more reps and Roy Williams wants to work out on his own.

There is nothing like Steeler football.


Words can't express how much I'm looking forward to playing the Cowgirls this year. Week 14 is going to be epic. They're coming into our house and I'm hoping we'll have similar records. I have a feeling its going to be an offensive battle. If there's one team that I love our team smacking in the mouth, its Jerry Jones crew of malcontents.