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Joe Onosai

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Name  Joe Onosai
Role  Strongman

Height  1.93 m
Weight  181 kg
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Born  December 10, 1965 (age 50) (1965-12-10) Samoa
Occupation  Strongman, Professional football
Education  University of Hawaii at Manoa

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Joe Onosai (born December 10, 1965) is a former strongman competitor and American football player. Onosai is a Samoan tribal prince and was drafted by the National Football League Dallas Cowboys. He reached the finals of the World's Strongest Man competition twice (1994 and 1995).


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Early years

Onosai attended University Lab School where he was a 240-pound fullback. As a junior, he averaged 13.8 yards per carry. In 1092 as a senior, he helped the Pac-Five football team win its first Interscholastic League of Honolulu and Prep Bowl championship (predecessor to the state tournament) and was named The Advertiser's ILH Offensive Player of the Year.

He received a scholarship to play for the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he was converted into an offensive guard as a freshman. He was named a starter as a sophomore. The next year because of injuries on the offensive line, he also started at tackle and center, including a game against Long Beach State University where he played all three position. Sometimes he was used as a fullback in short-yardage situations.

As a senior, he was moved to center and received honorable-mention All-American honors. He was a second-team All-Western Athletic Conference performer in 1985 and 1986.

Professional career

Onosai was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round (151st overall) of the 1987 NFL Draft to play center. During a practice in training camp, he suffered a serious neck injury and was subsequently diagnosed with a narrow spinal column condition (cervical spinal stenosis), which forced him to announce his early retirement on August first, 1987. It would eventually take 4 days for the strength in his legs to return and 2 years to get his upper-body strength back to normal.

World's Strongest Man competition

He participated in the World's Strongest Man competitions for many years. At 6-feet-4 and 400 pounds, he developed a 65-inch chest, 22-inch biceps and the power lift was his specialty. He made it to the finals twice, in 1994 and 1995.

Personal life

Onosai has been a pastor at Destiny Christian Church since 2011.


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