College football’s national championship game was a special night in Hawaii.
Watching Saint Louis alum Tua Tagovailoa, as a true freshman, come off the bench to throw three touchdown passes for Alabama in an overtime win over Georgia caused quite the frenzy, both in real life and on social media.
Tagovailoa was quickly trending nationwide on Twitter and many of Hawaii’s up-and-coming football players were quick to send their praise.
Punahou senior Alama Uluave decided to have some fun with it, comparing Tua to one of the great football players in movie history.
“HISTORY MADE: Only 2 players in NCAA history to come in at halftime and win a Championship. (@Tuaamann_ and Bobby Boucher,” Uluave wrote.
— Alama Uluave (@alama_uluave) January 9, 2018
Pretty funny, right? Uluave, who considers himself a jokester, thought nothing of it, until he noticed a certain former national champion retweeted him.
Houston Texans and former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson saw the tweet and was clearly impressed. The next thing Uluave knew, his tweet was being shared by ESPN.
More than 12,000 people retweeted Uluave and the tweet got more than 23,000 likes.
😂😂 facts https://t.co/wNRF4ZQFXb
— Deshaun Watson (@deshaunwatson) January 12, 2018
“I don’t know. It was crazy,” Uluave said after Polynesian Bowl practice on Thursday. “I just like to have fun. (Waterboy) is a funny movie.”
It’s a fun time right now for Uluave, who at 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds holds the most offers of any current senior in Hawaii who has yet to make a commitment.
It’s been three months since Punahou’s season ended in the first game of the ILH second round against Kamehameha. Putting a uniform back on again has been a pleasure, especially after seeing how sweet the jerseys are.
“The gear is nice, man,” Uluave said. “Football season ended quite a while ago, but this is fun. The competition is good and the guys are all here to have fun. Just a bunch of football jokesters meeting and having fun.”
Uluave is suiting up for Team Makai and is the only representative of the Buffanblu in the game. His brother, Semisi, was a four-start recruit from Punahou in 2015 who signed with Cal.
Washington State is the only Pac-12 offer out of the 11 total held by Uluave, who will make his decision on signing day in February.
Uluave has already visited San Diego State and plans to make the trip to Yale next weekend.
“I know it’s going to be really cold,” Uluave said. “I’m going to have to talk to a couple of my uncles to help me out.”