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Cougar Kickoff Countdown: 34 Days

George Frey

Although #34 Kurt Gouveia wanted to play for the University of Hawaii, they didn't want him because they thought he didn't have what it took to be a Rainbow Warrior, but one team's loss in another team's vicotry. Gouveia came the Brigham Young University as one of the many in the Polynesian Pipeline. He played quarterback and free safety in high school and won both the offensive and defensive MVP in Hawaii as a senior. Norm Chow extended Gouveia a scholarship at BYU to play strong safety but he bulked up so much in the weight room that the Cougars moved him to linebacker.

Playing behind Todd Shell, he didn't see much action until his junior year when he exploded on the field as a dominant linebacker with 107 total tackles. He couldn't have picked a better time if he wanted to; it was 1984. As a senior, Gouveia repeated the dominant play from his junior season. Gouveia was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the eighth round of the 1986 NFL draft and won two Super Bowls with them. He played in the league for thirteen years with the Redskins, San Diego Chargers, and Philadelphia Eagles.

Kurt Gouveia was known for hard hits, although this one might be his hardest:

Kurt Gouveia was also inducted into the inaugural Polynesian Football Hall of Fame 2014 class.