The Point: Samoan Missionaries and Big-Time Football


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High school quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei is the most coveted football recruit in the high school class of 2020. He’s been compared to Cam Newton and Roger Clemens.

We don’t usually talk much college football recruiting at the Colson Center, but I’m making an exception in this case, for two reasons.

First is why D.J. chose Clemson. He cited, and I quote, the “spiritual connection” he felt with the Clemson coaching staff.

His first visit to Clemson, as he told 247Sports, was “the first visit I’ve been on where I heard so many coaches talking openly about Jesus and that’s big for me . . . You can really feel the presence of God in that place.”

The second reason is that Uiagalelei, like Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, is of Samoan descent. And like so many other great Samoan players, he is an outspoken Christian.

I’ve pointed out previously on BreakPoint the impact of 19th century missionaries on Samoan society and culture. It continues to be felt today. Especially on the gridiron.

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