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Former 49er Sapolu to sign book, host United Way auction

Four-time San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl champion Jesse Sapolu will be signing copies of his new book, “I Gave My Heart to San Francisco,” at Cronies Bar & Grill in downtown Hilo from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Everyone is invited.

In the recently released book, the former Farrington High School and University of Hawaii at Manoa football standout — who spent his entire 15-year NFL career in a San Francisco 49ers uniform — details the highlights and hardships of his remarkable playing career.

Sapolu triumphed on the field despite having a dangerous heart condition, a torn aortic heart valve, that stayed with him during his decade and a half with the Niners, which included nine appearances in the NFC title game, four Super Bowl rings, two Pro Bowl appearances and two All-Pro selections.

Emcee for the evening will be B-97 Radio morning personality Darrin “DC” Carlson. At around 6:30 p.m., Sapolu and Carlson will auction off San Francisco 49ers merchandise, with proceeds going to the Hawaii Island United Way.

Items to be auctioned off include a grand prize package with tickets for two to a 49ers football game, pre-game field passes and tailgate party with Sapolu.

The first 50 attendees will receive a photo of Sapolu, which he will autograph. Other activities during the book-signing will include door prizes and a silent auction, with proceeds also benefiting HI United Way. The NFL is a strong supporting partner of the United Way movement across the United States.

Football fans of all ages are invited to come out and meet and talk story with Sapolu, whose youngest son, Roman, is a sophomore center at Oregon State University. For more information, visit


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