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Outlaws mini-camp notes
December 15, 2000

Outlaws add former UNLV standout to roster: Late Thursday, the Outlaws added former UNLV offensive lineman Lonnie Palelei to the roster, utilizing one of the team’s four banked “territorial” selections entering the December 29 Supplemental Draft. The move marked the third consecutive day that Head Coach Jim Criner added players to the Las Vegas roster, with Palelei joining LB Mike Crawford (Dolphins), WR Cedric Tillman (Broncos/Jaguars) and RB Clinton Childs (Jets/Chiefs) joining the Outlaws fold. Palelei will get his first look at the Outlaw system when Training Camp opens at Sam Boyd Stadium on January 2.

Palelei, a veteran offensive lineman following seven NFL campaigns, started 12 games for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999 and brings exceptional versatility to Criner’s offensive line, as the 6-4, 310 lb. Samoan has the ability to line up at all five offensive line positions. Originally drafted into the NFL during the fifth round (the 135th selection overall) by the Steelers in 1993, he went on to spend two-plus years in Pittsburgh before making stops in Cleveland/Baltimore and in New York with both the Jets and Giants before moving to Philadelphia. Palelei has started 26 career games, 12 with the Eagles last year and 14 with the Jets in 1997.

Palelei becomes the second UNLV Rebel on the Outlaws’ roster, joining former UNLV WR Todd Floyd. The 30-year old offensive lineman played the first three years of his college career on the defensive line before switching to guard as a senior, when he earned first-team All-Big West honors in 1992. In his first year as a Rebel, Palelei earned honorable mention all-conference as a junior, his first season at UNLV after transferring from Purdue following his sophomore season.

Personal: Born Si’ulagi Jack Palelei on October 15, 1970 in Nu’uuli (new-u-uli), America Samoa as one of 13 children, each of whom have the middle name Jack, their father’s name … Moved to Los Angeles at age 13 and then to Blue Springs, MO, a suburb of Kansas City, during high school … Was recently honored by the Maryland Governor’s Office in April, 2000, for coming to the rescue of an elderly victim of a violent crime in 1998 … The 56-year old woman was brutally attacked and left to die on the shoulder of I-95 until Palelei and his family stopped, comforted the woman and called for help. Said a modest Palelei, “It seems crazy to get an award for something you’re supposed to do. My wife made me go to the ceremony.” … Earned All-America honors as a defensive lineman at Blue Springs HS, while also lettering in track … Enjoys shooting pool, snowboarding and surfboarding … He and his wife have three children … Majored in Kinesiology while at UNLV.

Friday's injury update:
Name - Pos - Date - Injury - Restrictions
Brady, Rickey - TE - 11/14/00 - Strained lower back - Meetings only
Mason, Michael - DE - 12/9/00 - Inflamed left knee - Meetings only
Lane, Randall - WR - 12/10/00 - Strained right hamstring - Injured reserve
Scott, Kevin - DC - 12/20/00 - Strained right elbow - Meetings only
Edwards, Antonio - DE - 12/11/00 - Strained lower back - Meetings only

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