Meet David Pa'aluhi III

April 28, 2009

You wouldn’t know it by watching David Pa’aluhi III on the field, but this linebacker didn’t start playing football until his senior year of high school, and that was only because his dad made him. However, since his dad forced him to try out for football, he hasn’t regretted it for a minute. I guess this would fall under the category of sometimes, your parents really DO know what’s best.


Why major in Exercise and Sports Science?


I was into training, exercising and weight training so I thought I would like it and it would be something I could do as a job. I would like to be a strength and conditioning coach.


What was it like growing up with five siblings?


It was good. We always had parties and get-togethers at the beach. It was good. We are all really close. When I was still in Hawa’ii we would always meet a couple times a week.


What was the biggest highlight of last year?


The biggest highlight was probably the USC game because I got to play in it. The play that I remember the most was when (Greg) Laybourn had the interception. That was at the biggest time ever.


What are you looking forward to the most for this upcoming season?


Just playing again, making tackles and making some big plays.


What should Beaver fans expect for next season?


Our defense will be really good and flying around making plays. Even though we are young, I think we will be pretty good.


How is spring practice going?


It’s going good. We have been learning a lot and everything is coming together. Our defense is coming together so it’s good.


What is your worst habit?


The internet. I stay on the internet too much. I like to go on YouTube and just watch any kind of videos. It pretty much takes up all of my free time.


You didn’t start playing football until your senior year of high school, why start then?


It’s fun. That’s pretty much why I play it. I used to wrestle, but then my dad made me try out for football. I didn’t really want to, but when I finally played, I really fell in love with it a lot.


You participate in MMA, what interests you about that?


I used to fight. I fought my whole life because my dad used to fight too. MMA is mix martial arts. It’s a combination of all martial arts, kind of like what you see on UFC. I used to do mostly kickboxing, but then I decided to do MMA when I got older. I competed, but I only did two fights. I did that since I was about eight-years-old.


What surprised you about Oregon State?


What surprised me was the family atmosphere. Everyone is cool and everyone is just like a big family. I thought that some people would be big headed, but they aren’t.


Describe Beaver Nation…


They are pretty crazy, but pretty cool. I had never been to a college game until I came here, so it was cool to see how people are so excited about the Beavers and wearing all the gear.


What’s it like running out of the tunnel on game day?


It’s one of the coolest things. You get so pumped coming out of the tunnel with the fireworks and everyone cheering. It helps motivate us.


What is it like playing for Coach Riley?


It’s good. He is a real nice guy and a good coach. He never really yells, which is good. I like it.


Why Oregon State?


I really liked to coaches. They are nice people. You can go talk to them like they are regular people, and you can’t do that with all coaches.


Who is David Pa’aluhi?


I like to hang out with my family and my daughter. I look forward to seeing her after I come home from school and when I wake up. That is pretty much my favorite thing to do. It makes me happy being a father. She makes the days easier even though she keeps me up sometimes. Looking at her smile is good. I’m not sure if I will get her into sports.

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