Ma’ake was born in Tonga, and moved to Kahuku when he was 7 years old. He attended Kahuku High School, where he was a lineman on both sides of their football team.

At the University of Utah, he was a 4-year letterman and started 35 of 43 games, finishing his collegiate career with 160 tackles and 9 sacks.

Ma’ake Kemoeatu played ten seasons at defensive tackle in the NFL. In his final season, Kemoeatu won his first Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. Prior to that campaign, he had been out of football for a year, but worked hard to revive his career. Significant weight loss led to him winning the starting nose tackle job and starting 13 games.

Ma’ake originally signed as an un-drafted free agent with the Ravens in 2002, but also played for the Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins.

In 2014, Ma’ake gave the gift of life by donating his kidney to his younger brother, Chris, a Super Bowl winning offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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