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New Orleans Saints’ TE Michael Hoomanawanui is a true “Saint” for Special Olympics

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BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 9: New England Patriots Patrick Chung sings karaoke with Camryn at Boston Children's Hospital December 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images for BCH)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 9: New England Patriots Patrick Chung sings karaoke with Camryn at Boston Children's Hospital December 9, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images for BCH) /
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There are some people that give their time to charity and then there’s Michael Hoomanawanui. And it shows…

Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui is at it again helping the community. He’s done it in New England, and now the generous giant” is continuing his work right here for the New Orleans Saints. Hoomanawanui went bowling with a few of his teammates last night in an event for Special Olympics. The event was sponsored by United Healthcare and Rock ‘n’ Bowl.

Additionally, Hoomanawanui has long since been involved with Special Olympics for years. Drafted in the fifth round by the St. Louis Rams, Hoomanawanui wasn’t exactly highly touted before getting picked. However, he helped the Patriots all the way to the Super Bowl with some key catches. Furthermore, his blocking ability has gotten him places that most kids would dream about. He knows it too.

"“A lot of people would give a right arm to be in our position. It’s something I don’t take for granted. I wake up each and every day very thankful. When you’re in this position looking at life and everything outside of football, it makes you very grateful for the position you’re in. And I’d go as far as to say it’s our duty to help others.”"

After being released by the Rams, Hoomanawanui found his way to New England and found a role. New Orleans is lucky to have him. Not just as a player, but a man that has a heart for giving. Ultimately, you’ll likely see him doing more work in the community. There’s something to say for a man that plays such a violent sport yet gives so willingly.

Legends can me remembered for what they’ve done on the field. However, there’s much more to life than football for Michael Hoomanawanui. He’s the real deal. And Who Dat Nation can feel proud to have a person like Hoomanawanui representing the Black and Gold. Moreover, the joy of giving for him is priceless.

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