Domata Peko

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Domata Peko
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Peko with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015
No. 94 Denver Broncos
Position: Nose tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-11-27) November 27, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 325 lb (147 kg)
Career information
High school: Pago Pago (AS) Samoana
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 4 / Pick: 123
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2016
Total Tackles: 516
Sacks: 18.5
Forced Fumbles: 2
Player stats at NFL.com

Domata Uluaifaasau Peko[1] (/ˈdmətɑː ˈpɛk/ DOH-mə-tah PEK-oh; born November 27, 1984) is an American football nose tackle for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Peko was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Pago Pago, American Samoa. He played college football at Michigan State and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

College career[edit]

Peko started his college football at College of the Canyons before transferring to Michigan State University. He wore number 96 for the Spartans who were coached by John L. Smith at the time. As a senior, he made 53 tackles. One of the most memorable moments of his career was against archrival Michigan when he returned a Chad Henne fumble for a touchdown in front of a roaring crowd at Spartan Stadium.[2] He was a sociology major.

Professional career[edit]

Peko (#94) prepares to tackle Musa Smith (#32) of the Baltimore Ravens
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 58 in
(1.90 m)
307 lb
(139 kg)
5.27 s 1.85 s 3.10 s 4.54 s 7.70 s 28 12 in
(0.72 m)
8 ft 7 in
(2.62 m)
25 reps
All values from NFL Combine[3]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Peko was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth round (123rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft.

As a rookie in 2006, Peko played all 16 games while making 1 start; he finished the year with 43 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. In 2007, Peko started all 16 games with 52 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 pass defended, and 1 fumble recovery.

In July 2008, the Bengals signed Peko to a five-year extension worth $29.3 million.[4] In 2008, Peko made 16 starts with 67 tackles, half a sack, and 2 passes defended. In 2009, he was limited to 11 starts with an injury but finished with 23 tackles and 1 pass defended. The Bengals clinched the AFC North with a 10-6 record in 2009, but in the wild card round, they lost to the New York Jets by a score of 14-24.

In 2010, he made 16 starts with 42 tackles, half a sack, and 1 pass defended. In 2011, he made 16 starts with 66 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. The Bengals finished the 2011 season with a 9-7 record for a wild card berth, but in the wild card game, the Bengals lost to the Houston Texans by a score of 10-31.

In 2012, Peko played all 16 games with 53 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 passes defended, and 1 fumble recovery. The Bengals finished the 2012 season with a 10-6 record good enough for a wild card berth. The team again faced off against the Texans in the wild card round, but lost by a score of 13-19.

In 2013, Peko started 16 games with 52 tackles and 3 sacks. The Begals finished the 2013 season with an 11-5 record for an AFC North pennant, but in the wild card round, they lost to the San Diego Chargers 10-27.

On March 26, 2014, Peko signed a 2-year extension with the Bengals. [5] Peko finished the 2014 year with 50 tackles and a sack in 16 games. The Bengals finished the season with a 10-5-1 record for a wild card berth, but lost to the Indianapolis Colts 10-26 in the wild card round.

In 2015, Peko started 16 games with 35 tackles, 5 sacks, and 1 pass defended. The Bengals finished the season with a 12-4 record for an AFC North pennant. During the wild card game, the Bengals lost to the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers 16-18 due to multiple penalties.

Denver Broncos[edit]

On March 11, 2017, Peko signed a two-year contract with the Denver Broncos.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He is a lifelong friend of former Bengals defensive end Jonathan Fanene. His brother, Tupe Peko, also played in the NFL. Domata is also a cousin of football player Fou Fonoti. Peko and his wife, Anna, currently live in Crestview Hills, Kentucky with their two sons, Domata Jr. and Joseph.[7] Their third son, was born after the 2013 season. Domata's cousin, Kyle is also a Nose Tackle for the Broncos.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". ESPN.com. 
  2. ^ http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/boxscores/2005-10-01-michigan-state.html
  3. ^ "Domata Peko Draft Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved November 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ Peko signs extension Archived July 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ " Defensive tackle Domata Peko rules the world at fullback Dayton Daily News. Retrieved September 18, 2013
  6. ^ Jackson, Zac (March 11, 2017). "Broncos sign Domata Peko". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. 
  7. ^ Cincinnati Bengals Bio

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