Eathyn Manumaleuna of Anchorage may be the next Alaskan to play in the NFL.
The undrafted free agent signed a contract with the New York Giants almost immediately after the weekend draft.
This year, the 6-foot-2, 305-pound defensive lineman completed his college eligibility at BYU, where he enjoyed a strong career that began in 2007. Manumaleuna, an East High graduate, holds the BYU school record for games played  and this season was named to the FBS All-Independent Team.
“Eathyn is a great leader and an excellent football player who does all the little things right to make your team successful,” his coach, Bronco Mendenhall, said in a press release. “He’s extremely reliable and consistent and well-deserving of this opportunity in the NFL.”
As a freshman, he started all 13 games at nose tackle and blocked a field goal to preserve a win for BYU against UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl. He started eight of 13 games as a sophomore and had 1.5 sacks at Florida State. As a junior he moved to defensive end, started all 13 games and was part of a BYU defense that ranked No. 19 nationally in rushing defense. As a senior he was named to the Outland watch list and had a career-high 10 tackles against Virginia and six tackles and one tackle for a loss against Wisconsin.
Manumaleuna is capable of playing all three positions on the defensive line.
He joins defensive back Zack Bowman of Anchorage on the Giants. Bowman signed as a free agent after playing with the Chicago Bears last year.
Van Williams, a 20-year local sports writer and the former sports editor of the Anchorage Daily News, writes about the athletic exploits of Alaskans for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, where this post first appeared. He can be reached at email@example.com.