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Tupai Signs with Bills

January 20, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Everett Hawks News Release

EVERETT - Another key component of last year's dynamic defense has left Everett for a shot at pursuing his NFL dreams. Tai Tupai, the former WSU Cougar, and sack leader for the Hawks in 2005 has signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills to play in NFL Europe for 2006. His specific team assignment will not be known for a few months, but Tupai will represent the Bills no matter which of the current six NFL Europe teams he goes to.

Last year was a stellar season for both Tai and the Hawks. Helping the Hawks to a 14-0 regular season, and a second ranked total defense, the 6'4", 330 pound Tupai recorded 40 tackles (18 solo, 22 assts) and six sacks. Tai was one of the most feared defensive linemen in the league, and a fan favorite amongst the Everett faithful. Also among Tai's biggest fans and supporters is Hawks' owner/operator, and All Pro DT Sam Adams who was more than happy to help another of his players reach their professional dream.

Originally from Monterey, CA, Tai attended WSU where he started six games as a freshman and had a break out year as a sophomore, starting all twelve games and earning the team award for Defensive Lineman of the Week against MSU.

Tai joins former teammate Jeremiah Pharms as the second Hawks player to sign with a higher league in the past week. Pharms signed with the New York Dragons of the AFL on Thursday, Jan. 12th. The Hawks and the entire community of Everett wish Tai well on his journey towards the NFL.

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