Thursday night in the city of brotherly live, Kamehameha graduate Kamu Grugier-Hill and his Eagles will begin defense of the franchises first ever Super Bowl Championship with kickoff to the NFL season against the Falcons.
The 24-year old linebacker is coming off of a dream season where in his second year with Philadelphia the former Eastern Illinois standout was named a Pro Bowl alternate on special teams en-route to hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
But the dream continues and then some in 2018-19 as Grugier-Hill fought for and won the offseason position battle and will start at outside linebacker in the team’s season opener.
The biggest accomplishment of his career though came off the field this past weekend, as Kamu was named one of five team captains for the season and he will don the captain’s patch on his jersey all season long for the reigning world champs.
“It kind of honestly caught me by surprise a little bit. The coach handed out sheets and asked for the team to vote, and for my teammates to vote me as a captain man, it’s just truly humbling and just knowing that they trust me is just a huge thing for me, because I go out there every week and play for those guys and play for my family and just knowing that they play for me and we just play for each other is awesome” Grugier-Hill told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello.
Grugier-Hill is one of three Hawaii natives to be honored as a captain in the NFL for 2018, joining Honolulu’s Marcus Mariota of the Titans and Kailua-Kona’s Max Unger of the Saints.
“It’s a good thing for me too, it kind of holds me accountable knowing that I can’t have those peaks and valley days. I got younger guys and even some older guys looking up to me and I just got to be consistent and it’s just a humbling experience and I’m truly honored” said Grugier-Hill.
Kickoff between the Eagles and Falcons on Thursday is scheduled for 2:20pm HST on NBC.