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Redskins defensive lineman Stephen Paea and offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao were named to the watch list for Polynesian Player of the Year Award earlier this morning.
The award, presented by Hawaiian Airlines, is a presented to the most outstanding professional football player of Polynesian ancestry. As it stands, the lsit is composed of 24 players form 17 teams.
Five finalists will be unveiled on Dec. 8 and a winner will be announced on Jan. 6, 2016. The formal presentation of the award will be held during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend (a few Redskins are also finalists) on Jan. 29 and 30, 2016, in Oahu, Hawai'i.
"The growth and success of professional football players of Polynesian ancestry has been extraordinary," said Dick Tomey, Selection Committee Chairman. "This award will shine a positive light on the wonderful accomplishments of Polynesians in professional football."
Paea, of Tongan descent, recorded 33 tackles and 6 sacks last year with the Bears, while Lauvao, of Samoan descent, is the team's starting left guard for the 2015 season.
Among the other candidates for the award include Dolphins tight end Jordan Cameron, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and Browns defensive lineman Danny Shelton.