Former Anchorage prep star signs contract with Arizona Cardinals

Posted: Monday, June 19, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Mao Tosi has signed a contract with the Arizona Cardinals despite playing just two seasons of college football.

He joins four other Alaskans competing for roster spots on National Football League teams this season.

Tosi, who graduated from Anchorage East High School, signed a three-year deal Friday worth $937,000, including an $111,000 bonus, according to a story in Saturday's Arizona Republic.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound defensive tackle from the University of Idaho was selected in the fifth round and 136th overall in the NFL's April draft. Tosi, 23, will participate in his first training camp July 20 at Flagstaff, Ariz.

Idaho recruited Tosi for basketball with an agreement that he could try out for the football team. He earned a starting spot for the Vandals during his first season, in 1998.

Other Alaskans with NFL teams are Anchorage's Mark Schlereth, a Denver Broncos offensive guard; Kenai's Travis Hall, an Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle and Fairbanks Lathrop graduates Reggie Tongue, a Seattle Seahawks strong safety, and Shane Bonham, an Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman.

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