08:48 AM

United States Military and NFL—The Continuing Heritage of Samoan Warriors


You might not know this, but many Samoans play in the NFL. Per capita, more Samoans play professional football in the United States right now than any other ethnic group. Here’s another fact you might not know—Samoans also have a higher rate of enlistment in the United States military than any other ethnic group.

Surely there are many reasons why Samoans are successful as football players and why so many of them choose to serve in the military. But one reason mentioned by nearly everyone who writes about the topic is the tradition of the Samoan warrior—a tradition that runs through Samoan mythology and family histories for hundreds, if not thousands of years.