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SmashMouth 11-01-2015 08:12 AM

NFL dream carries Hau’oli Kikaha from Hawaii to Saints with mother's support, judo's discipline
 
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Hau’oli Kikaha only doubted his dream once.

He had just torn his ACL for the second time. Kikaha had been pushing hard, fighting to return as quickly as possible after tearing the ACL in his left knee as a sophomore at Washington, and then the ligament failed him again in a preseason practice.

Kikaha felt a year’s worth of work undone in one wrong step.

He packed on pounds, but not out of apathy. Kikaha spent so much time in the weight room that he started to get muscle-bound, raising his weight from 245 to 267 in a fit of controlled fury.

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When he wasn’t in the gym, Kikaha tried to fight back uncertainty. He knew the statistics. Only 3 to 6 percent of people who suffer an ACL tear ever rupture the same ACL again. A second ACL tear hurt his chances of reaching the NFL.

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