- Sports in American Samoa
Sportsplays a large role in the national culture of American Samoa. Sports in American Samoa is not that different from Samoa. The main difference is the popularity of American sports such as American footballand its league, NFL. Samoans tend to follow rugby union.
About 30 ethnic Samoans, many from American Samoa, currently play in the
National Football League. A 2002 article from [http://espn.go.com/gen/s/2002/0527/1387626.html ESPN] estimated that a Samoan male (either an American Samoan, or a Samoan living in the 50 United States) is 40 times more likely to play in the NFL than a non-Samoan American. Pittsburgh Steelerssafety Troy Polamalu, though born and raised in the mainland U.S., is perhaps the most famous Samoan in the NFL, having not gotten his haircut since 2000 (and only because a former USC coach told him he had to) and wearing it down during games in honor of his heritage.
A number of American Samoans have also ventured into professional wrestling (see especially
Anoa'i family). World Wrestling Entertainmenthas employed many members from the Anoa'i family, most famously The Rock. The company currently employs Anoa'i member Eddie Fatu, better known to wrestling fans as Umaga, who has a traditional Samoan gimmick and is also known at times as the Samoan Bulldozer.
American Samoa's national soccer team is considered one of the weakest teams in the world. It also has the distinction of suffering the worst loss in international soccer history: they lost to
Australia31-0 in a FIFA World Cupqualifying match on April 11, 2001.
bloodsportof dog fightingis legalin American Samoa. [ [http://files.hsus.org/web-files/PDF/dogfighting_statelaws.pdf HSUS] ]
American Samoa at the 1996 Summer Olympics
American Samoa at the 2000 Summer Olympics
American Samoa national rugby union team
American Samoa national rugby league team
American Samoa national soccer team
Sport in Samoa
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