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Former Mountaineer Rex Sunahara Drafted by XFL’s San Antonio Brahmas

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The return of the XFL means more opportunities for players to play football professionally. One former Mountaineer now has a chance to make money playing football with a chance to have that still get him to the NFL one day.

Long snapper Rex Sunahara was drafted by the San Antonio Brahmas with the team’s first pick of the specialists round in the inaugural XFL Draft.

Sunahara is a West Virginia alum that spent a short stint on the Steelers practice squad in 2021. He was signed by the team and then released weeks later.

The 6-foot-6, 242-pound Sunahara was a basketball player at Rhode Island before transferring to West Virginia to become a long snapper. He was the team’s primary long snapper in 2018 and 2019. 

After that season he was a semifinalist for the Patrick Mannelly Award and participated in the 2020 NFLPA Collegiate All-Star Game and 2020 Hula Bowl.

Sunahara signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent, but was released. He re-signed with the Dolphins in January on a reserve/future contract for the 2021 season. He was released in July, re-signed in August, and then released again on Aug. 10.

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Mike Asti is an experienced media personality and journalist with a vast résumé and skillset, most notably with TribLIVE Radio, WPXI and 93.7 The Fan. Asti now serves as the Managing Editor of WV Sports Now, manages and serves as the lead host for Pittsburgh Sports Live and contributes to Steelers Now, Pittsburgh Sports Now and Nittany Sports Now. He also contributes to West Virginia's Metro News among other outlets.

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