Tony Moeaki

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Tony Moeaki
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Warming up before a game in Denver in November, 2010.
No. 81 Atlanta Falcons
Position: 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
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Receptions: 88
Receiving Yards: 1,143
Touchdowns: 5
Stats at NFL.com

Anthony "Tony" Moeaki (born June 8, 1987) is an American football tight end for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Iowa.

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]

Moeaki played college football at the University of Iowa from 2005 to 2009.

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Moeaki with the Seahawks in 2014.

2013 season[edit]

On December 4, 2013, Moeaki signed with the Buffalo Bills.[4] On August 29, 2014, Moeaki was released during the Bills final preseason roster cutdowns.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

2014 season[edit]

Moeaki signed with the Seattle Seahawks on November 4, 2014.[5] In his second game with the Seahawks, Moeaki scored a touchdown against his former team, the Chiefs.[6]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

2015 season[edit]

On March 19, 2015 Moeaki signed with the Atlanta Falcons.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Moeaki is also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.[8]

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.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joel Thorman (1 October 2010). "Chiefs TE Tony Moeaki Takes Home NFL Rookie Of The Week". Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  2. ^ Sessler, Marc. "Tony Moeaki waived/injured by Kansas City Chiefs". NFL.com. NFL.com. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Chiefs still feeling loss of Moeaki". ESPN.com. 
  4. ^ TE Tony Moeaki signed by Bills
  5. ^ "Seahawks sign tight end Tony Moeaki, bring back Bryan Walters". SeattleTimes.com. 
  6. ^ "Former Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki scores with new team, the Seahawks". KansasCity.com. 
  7. ^ Jay Adams. "Falcons Continue to Add to TE Position". atlantafalcons.com. Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  8. ^ "Much more to Moeaki than crutches". TheGazette. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  9. ^ "Harvey Unga gets married". Daily Herald. July 17, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Keilani Unga works her way back for senior season after life-changing event". Deseret News. January 17, 2013. 

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