Tongan-heritage blocker Silatolu signs with Carolina Panthers (AFP)

February 17th, 2017
Amini Silatolu, an offensive guard of Tongan heritage, signed a one-year contract with the NFL's Carolina Panthers on Friday, marking his second stint with the club. The 28-year-old blocker played for Carolina from 2012 into 2015, but he suffered a torn right knee ligament in October 2015 and missed the remainder of the Panthers' season, including their loss to Denver in Super Bowl 50 last year. Silatolu, whose parents left Tonga in 1985 for the San Francisco area where Amini was born, signed with the Chicago Bears last year but was released before the season began.