Matt Toeaina

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Matt Toeaina
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Toeaina during the 2011 NFL season.
Free agent
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1984-10-09) October 9, 1984 (age 34)
San Francisco, California
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 308 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school: Utulei (AS) Samoana
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 6 / Pick: 187
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable mention All-Pac-10 (2006)
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles: 50
Sacks: 2.0
Forced fumbles: 0
Fumble recoveries: 1
Player stats at

Matt Toeaina (/tˈnə/ toh-EE-nə; born October 9, 1984)[1] is a former American football defensive tackle who played in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft, and later played for the Chicago Bears. He is from Pago Pago, American Samoa and played college football at Oregon.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Toeaina was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. In a 2007 preseason game against the Detroit Lions, he returned an interception for 81 yards and a touchdown—an improbable achievement for a 311-pound defensive tackle.[3] Toeaina, however did not make the Bengals final roster, and was signed to their practice squad.

Chicago Bears[edit]

Toeaina was signed by the Chicago Bears to a three-year contract on December 12, 2007.[4]

Toeaina and Dusty Dvoracek during training camp in 2008

He saw his first regular season action when the Chicago Bears signed him late in the season. Toeaina registered his first NFL sack against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 28, 2010.[5]

Toeaina signed a 3-year contract extension with the Chicago Bears on December 27, 2010.[6]

On December 17, 2012, Toeaina was placed on injured reserve.[7]

On March 13, 2013, the Bears announced that they will release Toeaina,[8] and was officially released on April 2.[9] Toeaina ended his tenure in Chicago with 24 starts, recording 66 tackles, two sacks, three passes broken up, and one fumble recovery.[10]


  1. ^ Oregon Ducks bio
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Interception run took 'forever'".
  4. ^ "DT Toeaina joins Chicago Bears". Sporting News. December 12, 2007. Retrieved 2010-03-29.
  5. ^ "%5b%5bESPN%5d%5d" "Rapid Reaction: Bears 31, Eagles 26". November 28, 2010.
  6. ^ "Bears sign Mannelly, Toeaina to contract extensions". Chicago Bears. December 27, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  7. ^ "Toeaina placed on IR; OT Brandon Elevated To Active Roster". WBBM-TV. 2012-12-17. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  8. ^ McClure, Vaughn (2013-03-13). "Bears cut Davis, Spaeth; Toeaina set to be released". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-03-13.
  9. ^ "Matt Toeaina released by the Chicago Bears". National Football League. 2013-04-02. Retrieved 2013-04-02.
  10. ^ Mayer, Larry (2013-04-02). "Trestman excited to begin Bears' offseason program". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-04-02.

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