Forget the beat, feel the heat.
Jacksonville Drumline's Sione Tamaseu twirls a machete raging with fire in the Cool Zone Tuesday afternoon, two days before the Jaguars take on the Texans in the big Thursday night matchup.
Tamaseu's been banging on the drums with the Jaguars for the past decade, but this daring act dates back even further to when he unwrapped a "fire knife" on his 16th birthday.
"It's almost like a right-of-passage-type thing," said Tamaseu as he practiced his moves.
But that right of passage brings with it a lot of battle scars.
"Basically when it's on fire, it's like a hot knife through butter, and I'm the butter," he said while laughing, pointing out a giant scar across his chest. He even burned off part of his goatee showing off his skills.
Tamaseu is part of a Polynesian Jaguars following made up of the Jaguars D-Line, fans and even players.
"It's about Aloha spirit. So the way we conduct ourselves on and off the field, we just want to make sure to exemplify that," said Jaguars defensive end Tyson Alualu, who is Samoan and from Hawaii.
Polynesian performer Sarah Oviedo is a big fan of Alualu's.
"I look up to him as a man who has a heart for God and loves his family," Oviedo said. "He's very passionate about his family."
Fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou is also Hawaiian and Tongan.
"It's just a common bond that we're from the islands and just gravitate towards the similar upbringings that we have," he said.
Linebacker John Lotulelei, also Tongan and Hawaiian, recently joined the Jags from the Seattle Seahawks and said he immediately felt at home here.
"That's pretty cool that when I got over here that was a phrase that Coach Gus (Bradley) used was, 'Keepin' it tight. One family, one sound.' It was basically already over here," he said. "I'm happy to be part of this family."
Family translates to the Ohana spirit, meaning strangers are often instant friends.
"Just a bunch of Polynesians get together, everybody calls each other cousins instead of Mr. and Mrs.," said Tamaseu. "We say auntie and uncle and we always try to support all Polynesians, especially in the NFL."
Ben Smith married into the Polynesian culture, but already knew a lot about it.
"You greet people with a hug and a kiss on the cheek. It's a beautiful thing," he said. "I feel like we're kindred spirits, but even though I'm not from Hawaii, just the way things are done is how I think people should do things. I think it's how people should be treated."
It seems like a very happy way of life, proven with all the props Smith brought from home. While standing in the sun on EverBank Field, Smith's kids blew into a conch shell, as Tamaseu said, "This was our first cellphone. We would communicate from village to village, island to island, stuff like that."
Smith played the ukelele as his girls played with poi balls and danced, which has a lot of meaning.