Last week on Tuesday, December 4th, former San Francisco 49er’s star Jesse Sapolu spent the day on the Big Island and ended the evening with a public book signing and auction to benefit the Hawaii Island United Way at Cronies Bar & Grill in downtown Hilo, Hawaii.
More then 100 folks turned out for the event and it was a huge success.
His book is entitled “I Gave My Heart to San Francisco” and in the book he talks about growing up in Hawaii amongst other things. Check out this video created by Camille Keawekane-Stafford:
You can just see how happy fans were to meet the future Hall of Famer as the guy is the only player from Hawaii to have FOUR Superbowl rings!
I asked Jesse if he could answer a few questions and answers I had for him and this is what he told me:
Q: What was your favorite NFL team growing up?
A: Los Angeles Rams
Q: What inspired you to write a book?
A: My son Roman had a teammate die last year just playing recreational basketball at Oregon St, they found out he had an enlarged heart. I’ve been asked for a while to share my story but sitting there at my friend Jr Seau’s funeral made me realize how very fragile and short life is and if my story can save a life of a kid with an enlarged heart by getting early treatment then I owe it to them to share it.
Q: What are your favorite food(s)?
A: All Polynesian foods especially poke and bbq turkey tails (lol)
Q: Why did you choose the number 61?
A: It was available and it was my birth year.
Q: Who do you think will win the Superbowl this year?
A: 49ers versus Texans, Niners win it all
Q: What would you like to say to kids here on the Big Island in General?
A: Believe in yourself, don’t be afraid to dream then work on a plan to accomplish it.
I felt very honored and humbled to meet the legend himself as well as his lovely wife Lisa that he met on a flight when she was working. They are currently doing more book signings to benefit the United Way and you can see the schedule of his tour on his website.
You can check out Jesse’s website if you weren’t able to make the book signing if you are interested in purchasing a book: http://www.jessesapolu.com
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