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Manuwai in 2005.
|Born:||July 12, 1980|
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Died:||November 4, 2018 (aged 38)|
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||333 lb (151 kg)|
|High school:||Honolulu (HI) Farrington|
|NFL Draft:||2003 / Round: 3 / Pick: 72|
|Career NFL statistics|
Vincent Keoni Manuwai (July 12, 1980 – November 4, 2018) was an American football guard. He was drafted in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played college football for the University of Hawaii Warriors.
Manuwai was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended Farrington High School in Honolulu, where he earned varsity letters three times each in football and track and field and once in basketball. In football, he earned All-Conference and All-State honors. In track and field, he was All-League in the shot put, and first team All-League and second team All-State in the discus throw. Vincent Manuwai graduated from Farrington High School in 1999.
Manuwai attended the University of Hawaii, where he played for the Hawaii Warriors football team. He was a three-year starter and played all positions on the line. He was regarded as one of the best pass protectors in the country. He did not allow a sack in his last 35 games as a starter with 60 knockdowns. Manuwai honors include:All-America first-team choice by College Football News as a senior, All-WAC first-team, received the Warrior Club Award (team's best player). He majored in sociology.
Manuwai was one of the key factors in Jacksonville's rushing success. Through the 2007 season, Manuwai started all but one game for the Jaguars and was the most successful player on the offensive line. With Manuwai as guard, the Jaguars offense rushed for 2,541 yards in 2006 and 2,391 in 2007. In 2008, however, he suffered anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries and was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. He returned in 2009, and spent the season overcoming his injury and other obstacles. In 2010, he was replaced on the starting line by Justin Smiley. He recovered the starting spot when Smiley was injured in October, and became a significant factor in the emergence of Jacksonville's formidable running game.
On July 29, 2011, Manuwai was released by Jacksonville.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Healthy Manuwai keys running game for Jaguars". Associated Press. Fox News. December 13, 2010. http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2010/12/13/healthy-manuwai-keys-running-game-jaguars/. Retrieved December 16, 2010.
- ↑ Stellino, Vito. "Jaguars cut Harvey, Manuwai". Florida Times-Union. http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2011-07-29/story/jaguars-cut-harvey-manuwai. Retrieved July 29, 2011.
- ↑ "Vince Manuwai". Fox Sports Interactive Media. http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/vince-manuwai-player-transactions. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
- ↑ Vince Manuwai dead
- ↑ https://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/12/03/hawaii-news/former-hawaii-football-star-vince-manuwai-died-of-ecstasy-poisoning-medical-examiner-says/