By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former NFL offensive lineman Vince Manuwai passed away at 38-years-old. The Honolulu, Hawai’i native was reportedly moving into a new apartment in Hawai’i when he collapsed in Kakaako, a neighborhood in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
No foul play is suspected in the death.
“It’s a shame,” said Rich Miano, a former UH assistant coach, said to the Honolulu Star Advertiser. “He was one of the best — if not the best — offensive linemen to play at UH. It’s a sad day for everyone affiliated with Hawaii football who knew Vince Manuwai.”
He is survived by his six children.
Manuwai initially committed to attend the University of Utah. However, he changed his mind after the Warriors hired June Jones as the team’s new head coach in December 1998.
He ended up being Jones’ first recruit.
Following his collegiate career, he was selected in the third-round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He ended up playing eight-years with the team.
In 111 games, he made 105 starts with the Jaguars from 2003 through 2010. He suffered a torn ACL and MCL in the season-opener against the Tennessee Titans in 2008.
He was twice named an alternate for the Pro Bowl. However, he was never selected to play in the game.
After missing time during the 2011 season, he was a member of the Atlanta Falcons practice squared in 2012.