Hula Bowl honors inaugural Hall of Fame Class ahead of games reboot
The Hula Bowl Hall of Fame was founded in 2019 to recognize the greatest collegiate players and coaches to have participated in a Hula Bowl All-Star Game.
Since its inception in 1947, the Hula Bowl has featured over 6,000 players from every D1 college and multiple D2 and D3 schools. Over 1,000 NCAA and NFL coaches have prepared players for being scouted (with over a 100+ head coaches). Notable players include NFL MVPS (Deion Sanders and Dan Marino), Heisman winners (Ricky Williams and Billy Sims), and NFL / CFL Hall of Famers (including Tony Dorsett, Eric Dickerson, and Junior Ah You). Legendary coaches include Mike White, Grant Teaff, Rex Ryan, and Mike Smith.
The Hula Bowl’s inaugural Hall of fame class included former University of Hawaii standout Rich Miano, San Diego State’s Anthony Miller, Junior Ah You a three-time All-Western Athletic Conference selection for Arizona State and a second team All-American, and NFL Hall of famed Eric Dickerson.
Rich Miano walked onto the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in 1981 as a defensive back, and became an all-Western Athletic Conference player for 1983 and 1984 seasons. He was selected in the sixth round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, where he played five seasons. Miano also served as the Hula Bowl’s executive director. Ah You was drafted in the 17th round (425th overall pick) of the 1972 NFL Draft by the NFL New England Patriots but choose to play in the CFL instead.
Considering the Hula Bowl’s unique traditions, rich history, and special relationship to Hawai’i, the Hula Bowl Foundation found it appropriate to immortalize the men who have contributed to the game. Membership to the Hall of Fame is by a selection by the foundation board combined with fan vote participation.