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Pouha's dad his mane man forever

Jets nose tackle growing out his hair in memory of his late father's final gesture

Updated: November 21, 2010, 3:17 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Coaches and teammates marvel at Sione Pouha's strength. He can squat-lift 600 pounds, flip a weighted blocking sled as though it were made of plastic and immobilize offensive linemen with one arm. He's among the two or three strongest players on the New York Jets, a blue-collar tough guy who believes in hard work.

And the spiritual power of his long, curly black hair.

"Every time I need help or find myself in a tough situation," Pouha said, "I'll touch ...

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