Four years after playing in his final game at the University of Hawaii, linebacker Benny Fonua is making a comeback on the gridiron.
The Kahuku graduate will suit up in the inagural season for the Alliance of American Football.
The brand new professional football league aspiring to fill the void left in the NFL's offseason will kickoff this weekend as the AAF's 10-week long campaign has a national television deal that spans CBS, the NFL Network and Turner Sports.
As for Fonua, he spent the last two years working construction and training in hopes of an opportunity to return to playing the game he loves.
This past December he attended a workout and as he did in his time as an all-state linebacker and fan favorite at UH, he impressed en route to earning a spot on the final roster for the Memphis Express.
"It truly is a blessing. I was just working and training and hoping to one day get a chance and I got that chance here with the Memphis Express, so it really is a dream come true," Fonua told KHON2 Sports Director Rob DeMello.
Fonua will hit the field this Sunday in the team's debut and he takes great pride in being a part of the AAF's rookie run.
"It's special, man. It's very special, especially for people to get another chance. A second chance at the game and to be reminded of that hunger they have for the game and a new breathe of life. Taking that first deep breathe and starting a new chapter and I'm glad I'm here," said Fonua.
Fonua's debut will take place against the Birmingham Iron on Sunday at 11 am HST televised on the CBS Sports Network.
"Number-one goal right now is to get this team to a championship and hopefully it opens a door to get a chance to play in the NFL," added Fonua.
Another former Warrior that will be playing in the Alliance is defensive lineman Meffy Koloamatagi, who is on the roster of the San Diego Fleet, where he is a teammate of Maui's John Lotulelei who had a four year NFL career out of UNLV. Lotulelei's brother Tau, who also starred as a linebacker for the Rebels is on the Atlanta Legends.
For more information on the Alliance of American Football, CLICK HERE.