Summarized by Eric Bunker
Trojan big on helping others
Orange co Register 22Aug99 L3
By Jeff Miller: Register staff writer
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA: The USC Trojans have finally got back their biggest
player ever, the 6-foot-5, 330-pound Faaesea Mailo. In his freshman year
three years ago, the then 365-pound Southern California native was so big
that they couldn't find a suit coat large enough to fit him for the team
Of Samoan ancestry and raised mostly in Hawaii, Faaesea comes from a family
of linebackers. But since he inherited all the bigness in the family, his
is job of a lineman, though he was once recruited just out of high school to
be a Sumo wrestler, but declined.
After is freshman year at USC, he elected to go on a mission. And where do
you think the Church would send such a big Samoan Elder?
To northern Japan of course, where his size really made him stand out.
"One time, this little old lady looked at me, screamed and slammed the
door," Faaesea said. "We decided to just leave a pamphlet in her mailbox."
While on his mission, he was able to convert two people. "That was a great
feeling," he says. "It wasn't like, 'Yeah, we got one.' What made it great
was that I did something to make a person happier. I changed a life for the
better. It's just that good feeling you get when you help someone. Take that
feeling and times it by 100. That's what it was like."
On his return this season when Mailo, who is still only a sophomore, walked
into the coach's office, the coach immediately liked his maturity. He also
liked the fact most of the doorway was occupied.