The tropical paradise of Hawaii lies far, far away from the football gridiron of Indianapolis. Colts center Samson Satele is nowhere close to the ocean for the first time in his life.
"I was an island boy," said Satele with a chuckle. "Straight island boy, just stayed home. I wanted to stay home and play college. So I just stayed home."
The Samoan left Hawaii for the NFL. But after playing two seasons in Miami, then three more in Oakland, Satele is living inland for the first time in his life. He says he's not ready for his first winter in Indianapolis.
"No, not at all," laughing again. "Can't wait for it, though. Can't wait for my kids to be in the snow making snowmen and doing all those sled rides and stuff."
Satele and his wife, Lenora, are busy with three young sons: Samson Lototoa (4), Trison Aloali'i (2) and Tayden Lavea'i. The boys all have Samoan middle names.
The Colts center himself is named after the biblical Samson, whose lost his supernatural strength after his long hair was cut. Satele's father, Fa'a, wrote the name in his bible when he was a teenager and vowed to name his first son Samson. The Colts Samson does not fear losing his strength with a haircut, but reluctantly leaves his hair long.
"Every time I go back home I always tell my family I want to cut it," said Satele. "They're like, 'No. That's your signature.' I'm like, 'No. It's not!' They say, 'Just keep it.' It's still a headache. I can't wait to cut it off. As soon as I retire, I'm going to go bald."
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck knows where to find the snap. Just look for the hair streaming out from the back of the helmet, sometimes braided in a ponytail. Satele has found a new home as the man who starts each Colts play on offense. And he's adjusting to life without a beach.
"I came here and met Coach (Chuck) Pagano and (General Manager Ryan) Grigson," said Satele. "They're all about family. That's how us Polynesians were raised, as a family, I guess. I just felt like home when I came here."
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