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Kick Returners Are Sweet

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Remember Vai Sikahema? He was a kick returner for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles, and, when we were kids, he was one of our favorite players, probably just because of his funny name. He ended up a broadcaster in Philadelphia and has carved out a nice little niche for himself.

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And here's the oddest tidbit about Sikahema: He's the uncle of Napoleon Dynamite actor Jon Heder. And even better: He completely hates the movie.

"I love him as a person. He's a great kid," the NBC-10 sports director told us yesterday. But, as his wife and kids howled with laughter while watching the movie, Vai says he "just didn't get it."

Vai, whose wife, Keala, is the younger sister of Heder's father Jim, (a Temple med school grad) also gives a thumbs-down to "Benchwarmers," out now, in which Heder stars alongside Rob Schneider and David Spade.

"My nephew Reno Mahe and a lot of other Eagles would all go around quoting the 'Dynamite,' " says Vai, a former Iggle himself, who didn't tell the Birds about his connection to Heder because he was embarrassed after seeing the film.

While we contemplate a gene pool that could produce both Heder and Sikahema, it's worthwhile to note that playing for the mid'-80s St. Louis football Cardinals and starring in a movie with David Spade and Rob Schneider are, in fact, incredibly similar career exploits.

Vai Not Big Fan Of Actor/Kin [Philly.com]