Tony Moeaki

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Tony Moeaki
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Warming up before a game in Denver in November, 2010.
No. 82     Buffalo Bills
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-06-08) June 8, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Wheaton, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school: Wheaton (IL) Warrenville South
College: Iowa
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 3 / Pick: 93
Debuted in 2010 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2009 First team All-Big Ten (Big Ten coaches)
  • 2008 Second team All-Big Ten (Coaches)
  • 2006 Next Man In Award (Special Teams)
  • 2005 Army All-American Bowl
  • 2004 2nd Team High School All-American (USA Today)
  • 2004 1st Team High School All-American (Riddell)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Receptions 80
Receiving Yards 1,009
Touchdowns 4
Stats at NFL.com

Anthony "Tony" Moeaki (born June 8, 1987) is an American football tight end who is currently a member of the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He finished his senior season at Iowa with 30 catches for 387 yards and 4 touchdowns. Moeaki was considered one of the top tight end prospects for the 2010 NFL Draft.[1]

Early Life[edit]

Moeaki graduated high school at Wheaton Warrenville South in 2005 and was high school football teammates with fellow Iowa Hawkeye Dace Richardson. In addition to football, he was also on the basketball team.

College career[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Receiving statistics
Year
Team
Rec
Yards
AVG
LG
TD
2005 Iowa Hawkeyes 8 112 14.0 36 0
2006 Iowa Hawkeyes 11 140 12.7 35 3
2007 Iowa Hawkeyes 14 170 12.1 52 3
2008 Iowa Hawkeyes 13 144 11.1 48 1
2009 Iowa Hawkeyes 30 387 12.9 54 4
TOTAL 76 953 12.5 54 11

Professional career[edit]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

2010 season[edit]

Moeaki was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He scored his first NFL touchdown in his first NFL game on Monday Night Football on September 13, 2010 on a 2-yard pass from quarterback Matt Cassel against the San Diego Chargers. Following the game against the San Francisco 49ers Moeaki received the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week award after he put up 44 receiving yards and a spectacular one-handed touchdown grab.

2011 season[edit]

On September 1, 2011, Moeaki was placed on IR after suffering an injury during a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, which kept him out of the 2011 NFL season.[2] He was reunited with quarterback Ricky Stanzi in 2011 when the Kansas City Chiefs drafted him in the 5th round.

2012 season[edit]

Moeaki shared the starting role with Kevin Boss until Boss went on the IR in Week 2, when he became the primary tight end. He ended up with 33 receptions for 453 yards and a touchdown.

2013 season[edit]

After fracturing his shoulder in the preseason, Moeaki was waived with an injury designation on August 31, 2013.[3] He cleared waivers and was added to the Chiefs' injured reserve list. On October 23, an injury settlement was reached and Moeaki became a free agent.[4]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

2013 season[edit]

On December 4, 2013, Moeaki signed with the Buffalo Bills.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Moeaki is also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.[6]

Moeaki's father, Sione Moeaki, won a national championship as a member of Brigham Young University Rugby Team and was a Deans assistant at West Chicago Community High School.

In 2010, Moeaki's sister and former BYU basketball player, Keilani Moeaki, married Chicago Bears running back Harvey Unga.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 NFL Draft TE Prospects CBS Sportsline". Cbssports.com. 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  2. ^ Joel Thorman (1 October 2010). "Chiefs TE Tony Moeaki Takes Home NFL Rookie Of The Week". Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  3. ^ Sessler, Marc. "Tony Moeaki waived/injured by Kansas City Chiefs". NFL.com. NFL.com. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Chiefs still feeling loss of Moeaki". ESPN.com. 
  5. ^ TE Tony Moeaki signed by Bills
  6. ^ "Much more to Moeaki than crutches". TheGazette. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  7. ^ "Harvey Unga gets married". Daily Herald. July 17, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Keilani Unga works her way back for senior season after life-changing event". Deseret News. January 17, 2013. 

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