Martin Tevaseu

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Martin Tevaseu
No. 68     Indianapolis Colts
Nose tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-10-07) October 7, 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth: Oakland, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 345 lb (156 kg)
Career information
High school: Boonville (CA) Anderson Valley
College: Nevada–Las Vegas
Undrafted in 2010
Debuted in 2011 for the New York Jets
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles 13
Sacks 0
Forced fumbles 0
Stats at NFL.com

Martin Tauamanu Tevaseu (/ˌtvəˈsjuː/ TAY-və-SAY-ew; born October 7, 1987) is an American football nose tackle for the Indianapolis Colts. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2010 as an undrafted free agent. He played college football at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Early years[edit]

Martin Tevaseu was raised in Boonville, Mendocino County, California, where he attended Anderson Valley High School. His parents are of Samoan descent. He signed a letter of intent to play college football for the Arizona State Sun Devils, but suffered a severe knee injury during practice. He played at Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to University of Nevada, Las Vegas.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Tevaseu was not selected in the 2010 NFL Draft. After attending a three-day tryout with the Cleveland Browns in early May, the team signed Tevaseu to a contract.[3] The Browns waived Tevaseu a month later.[4]

New York Jets[edit]

Tevaseu signed with the New York Jets on July 20, 2010.[4] Tevaseu broke his hand early in training camp.[5] In spite of this, Tevaseu practiced everyday with a club on the broken hand. Head coach Rex Ryan praised his tenacity.[5]

Tevaseu was released from the active roster during the Jets' final round of cuts prior to the start of the season.[6] He was promptly resigned to the team's practice squad.[7]

Tevaseu was promoted to the active roster on January 22, 2011.[8] He was waived on September 4, 2011.[9] He was signed to the practice squad on September 5. He was promoted to the active roster on October 12. He was waived on October 18.[10] He was re-signed to the team's practice squad two days later.[11] He was promoted back to the active roster on October 22.[12] On August 31, 2012, he was waived.[13]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Tevaseu was claimed off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts on September 1, 2012.[14]

Personal[edit]

Tevaseu was born to Debby Fanene. Tevaseu has several other siblings, two brothers and five sisters. Tevaseu is the cousin of former UNLV Rebel and current Buffalo Bills fullback Frank Summers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NFL's Browns sign former Bear Cub Tevaseu". The Anderson Valley Advertiser Online. January 27, 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ Ingro, Samuel (May 14, 2010). "Polamalu paving the way for Samoans, new lineman signs to Cleveland Browns". Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Branch, Eric (May 13, 2010). "NFL's Browns sign former Bear Cub Tevaseu". The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on October 10, 2010. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Wilson, Aaron (July 20, 2010). "Jets sign Martin Tevaseu". National Football Post. Archived from the original on October 10, 2010. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Zimmerman, Lisa (October 1, 2010). "Revis Out, Pace Maybe and A Little Something About Martin Tevaseu". TheJetsBlog. Archived from the original on October 10, 2010. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ Mehta, Manish (September 4, 2010). "Jets 53-man roster taking shape". New York Daily News (Mortimer Zuckerman). Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ "New York Jets Transactions". National Football League. Archived from the original on October 10, 2010. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  8. ^ Vrentas, Jenny (January 22, 2011). "Jets elevate DT Martin Tevaseu, waive DB Isaiah Trufant". The Star-Ledger (Advance Publications). Archived from the original on January 25, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  9. ^ Vrentas, Jenny (September 4, 2011). "Jets awarded four players off waivers, including QB Kevin O'Connell; cut Aaron Maybin". The Star-Ledger (Advance Publications). Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  10. ^ Star-Ledger Staff (October 18, 2011). "Jets waive Martin Tevaseu and release Dennis Landolt from practice squad". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on October 18, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ Jets Media Relations Department (October 20, 2011). "Tevaseu Re-Signed to Practice Squad". New York Jets. Archived from the original on October 20, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ Vrentas, Jenny (October 22, 2011). "Jets place WR Logan Payne on injured reserve, call up DT Martin Tevaseu". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on October 22, 2011. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  13. ^ Lange, Randy (31 August 2012). "Final 7 Cuts Announced, Roster’s Now at 53". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  14. ^ Colts.com (1 September 2012). "Colts Remain Active on Roster Front". Indianapolis Colts. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2012. 

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