Elam scores 13 in
possible Denver finale

Broncos must decide on Elam


In what may have been his last game with the Denver Broncos, Hawaii alumnus Jason Elam capped a frustrating season with one of his best performances of the year.

The 10-year veteran kicked three field goals (44, 54 and 21 yards) early as the Bronco offense struggled to reach the end zone, then tacked on four extra points as Denver romped past the Arizona Cardinals 37-7.

Denver's first touchdown was scored by Ashley Lelie. The Radford and Hawaii alumnus capped his rookie season with a 5-yard scoring grab, his only reception of the day. Lelie finished the campaign with 35 catches for 525 yards and two TDs.

Seattle tight end Itula Mili (Kahuku) set some personal bests in the Seahawks' season-ending win over the Chargers. Mili caught seven passes for a career-high 119 yards, including a career-long 49-yard reception. Mili finished the season with 43 catches for 508 yards (both also his best) and two scores.

The only other offensive player from Hawaii to contribute from scrimmage was Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala (St. Louis). The Steelers' running back ran eight times for 49 yards and caught a 6-yard pass. He also made a tackle after the Ravens' James Trapp intercepted Tommy Maddox.

Also for Pittsburgh, Kimo von Oelhoffen (Molokai) started at defensive tackle but made no tackles. For Baltimore in that game, Maake Kemoeatu (Kahuku) made two tackles off the bench, including his second career sack.

Also starting yesterday were centers Olin Kreutz (St. Louis School) of the Bears, Dominic Raiola (St. Louis) of the Lions and Kevin Mawae (dad grew up in Hawaii) of the Jets, right guards Toniu Fonoti (Kahuku) of the Chargers, Kynan Forney (Hawaii) of the Falcons and Chris Naeole (Kahuku) of Jacksonville.

Former Hawaii lineman Adrian Klemm came off the bench on the Patriots' offensive line, and Mililani and Hawaii alumnus James Fenderson played special teams for the Saints. Defensive tackle Mario Fatafehi (Farrington) played for the Panthers but made no tackles.

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