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Ma'ake Kemoeatu

Ma'ake Kemoeatu
Kemoeatu at Ravens M&T Bank Stadium practice in August 2012.
No. 92, 99, 96
Position: Nose tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-01-10) January 10, 1979
Place of birth: Pule'anga Fakatu'i'o, Tonga
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 350 lb (159 kg)
Career information
High school: Kahuku (HI)
College: Utah
Undrafted: 2002
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 266
Sacks: 5.0
Forced fumbles: 2
Stats at

Ma'ake Tu'amelie Kemoeatu (pronounced ; born January 10, 1979) is a retired Tongan professional American football player who played as a defensive tackle. He was signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played college football for the University of Utah Utes. Kemoeatu has also played for the Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins. He is the older brother of former NFL offensive lineman Chris Kemoeatu.


  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
    • Baltimore Ravens 3.1
    • Carolina Panthers 3.2
    • Washington Redskins 3.3
    • Second stint with the Baltimore Ravens 3.4
  • Personal 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early years

Kemoeatu was born in Tonga. His younger brother is Chris Kemoeatu, who also played football at the University of Utah and later entered the NFL. When he was a child his family moved to the U.S. state of Hawaii. He grew up in Kahuku, Hawaii, near Honolulu, and attended Kahuku High School.

College career

Kemoeatu was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at Utah. He started 35 of 43 games played in college, finishing his career with 160 tackles and nine sacks. He was suspended by the NCAA for his last college game, the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl, for buying two math books for his younger brother Tevita using scholarship money.[1]

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

Kemoeatu played four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens from 2002 to 2005. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2002.

Carolina Panthers

Kemoeatu signed with the Carolina Panthers as a free agent in 2006.

Kemoeatu suffered a torn right Achilles' tendon during the team's 2009 training camp. He was placed on season-ending injured reserve on August 5. He was released on March 5, 2010.

Washington Redskins

On March 13, 2010 Kemoeatu signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Washington Redskins. He was released on July 28, 2011.[2]

Second stint with the Baltimore Ravens

On May 2, 2012, Kemoeatu returned to the Baltimore Ravens. After a one-year hiatus from football, he lost 78 pounds, from 415 down to 337, in a serious attempt to resurrect his career. He wound up winning the starting nose tackle job from Terrence Cody, starting 13 games, recording 29 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble. He also would go on to win his first championship title when the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII.


He is the older brother of Chris Kemoeatu, who won Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. His niece is Dinah Jane Hansen from Fifth Harmony (American girl group put together by Simon Cowell).

On August 27, 2014, Ma'ake donated a kidney to his brother, Chris.[3]


  1. ^ Hamilton, Linda (December 23, 2001). "NCAA throws the book at Kemoeatu". Salt Lake City Deseret News. 
  2. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg. "Release Tracker".  
  3. ^ Litman, Laken (18 September 2014). "Ravens player retires to give kidney to younger brother, a retired Steelers player". USA Today. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 

External links

  • Baltimore Ravens bio
  • Ma'ake Kemoeatu Utah Utes bio
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