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Eugene Philip Amano (born March 1, 1982) is a former American football offensive lineman . Playing for the Tennessee Titans from 2004 to 2013 as both a center and guard, he replaced eight-time All-Pro selection Kevin Mawae as starting center in 2010. Amano is one of three NFL players to be born in the Philippines, along with Tim Tebow and Fred Jones.[1]

Eugene Amano
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Amano in November 2008
No. 64, 54
Position:Center, Guard
Personal information
Born: (1982-03-01) March 1, 1982 (age 37)
Manila, Philippines
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school:San Diego (CA) Rancho Bernardo
College:Southeast Missouri State
NFL Draft:2004 / Round: 7 / Pick: 239
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:124
Games started:68
Fumble recoveries:2
Player stats at NFL.com

High school careerEdit

He attended Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, California, where he was an all-conference performer as an offensive and defensive lineman during his senior season and also lettered in basketball and track.

Late into his senior year, Amano had no scholarship offers and planned to walk-on to either the University of New Mexico or San Diego State University. But when SE Missouri State called one of his high school coaches about players on his team, he sold the recruiters on Amano. The recruiters acquired a tape of Amano and immediately offered him a scholarship.

College careerEdit

He attended Southeast Missouri State University. As a senior, he won the Division I-AA Dave Rimington Trophy, given annually to top center in college football at each level of competition. Amano was also named first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, The NFL Draft Report and Football Gazette.

Professional careerEdit

2004 NFL DraftEdit

Projected to go undrafted by Sports Illustrated, who labeled him as "a solid practice-squad prospect,"[2] Amano was ranked as the No. 20 center available in the 2004 NFL Draft.[3] He was eventually selected in the seventh round, 239th overall, by the Titans. He was the seventh of nine centers selected in this draft, and also the first offensive lineman selected from Southeast Missouri State since Dan Peiffer in 1973.[4]

Tennessee TitansEdit

For his first four NFL seasons, Amano served primarily as a reserve at both center and guard. In 2008, he replaced left guard Jacob Bell in the starting lineup, and went on to start 31 games at that position. In 2009, Amano was a member of an offensive line that blocked for the NFL's second-best rushing attack (162.0 yards per game) allowed just 16 sacks, the second fewest in the NFL.

On February 17, 2010, he signed a five-year, $26.25 million contract with $10.5 million guaranteed.[5] Amano was moved to center to replace a retiring Kevin Mawae.[6]

Amano was released by the Titans in 2013 after missing the entire 2012 season due to a torn triceps injury.[7]

Post-CareerEdit

After retiring from football, Eugene Amano and his brother Fred Amano purchased four existing L&L Hawaiian Barbecue franchises in their home town of San Diego[8] and have since opened more franchises for the restaurant chain including one in Cool Springs, Tennessee, near Nashville.[9]

PersonalEdit

Amano is married to Frances Santos. The couple splits time between Nashville, Tennessee, and San Diego, California. Amano developed The Amano Family Foundation to benefit inner-city youth of National City, California.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fred Jones Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "EUGENE AMANO". CNN.com. Archived from the original on June 19, 2004. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "BREAKDOWN BY POSITION - C". Cnn.com. Archived from the original on April 28, 2010. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  4. ^ "Eugene Amano: Career Stats at NFL.com". www.nfl.com. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  5. ^ "Source: Amano gets 5 years, $26.25M". espn.com. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  6. ^ Mott, Benjamin. "Eugene Amano's Season-Ending Injury Could Mean the End of His Time in Tennessee". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "Titans' Amano out for year with torn triceps". National Football Post. August 4, 2012. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Russell Vannozzi (August 14, 2018). "Amano brothers traded football for Hawaiian BBQ, and found success". Brentwood Home Page. Retrieved July 23, 2019.}
  9. ^ Cory Curtis (July 13, 2015). "Former Titan Eugene Amano thriving after football". WKRN. Retrieved February 11, 2018.}
  10. ^ "Eugene Amano Makes First Return Trip to Philippines, Receives Warm Welcome". www.titansonline.com. Retrieved October 23, 2019.

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