Texas A&M to honor fallen teammate with helmet sticker
Texas A&M will honor defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu with a helmet sticker this season.
The sticker, which will be worn beginning Saturday, reflects the Tongan heritage of Manukainiu. There will be a design inside the No. 90 and the decal will be worn all season. Manukainiu was killed in an automobile accident July 29.
“We wanted to come up with a tribute to Polo as a player, but also reflect a bit of his personality as well,” Texas A&M equipment manager Matt Watson said. “After talking with several of his friends and family it was evident how much Polo’s Tongan heritage meant to him. After trying to incorporate partial elements of Polo’s actual Tongan Tribal arm tattoos we came up with this design that hopefully is family, friends and teammates will deem a fitting and personal reflection to who he was both on and off the playing field.”