Motta in 2013
|Date of birth:||May 14, 1990|
|Place of birth:||Vero Beach, Florida|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||Vero Beach (FL)|
|NFL Draft:||2013 / Round: 7 / Pick: 244|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2013|
Ezekiel "Zeke" Ranieri Motta (born May 14, 1990) is an American football safety who played for the Atlanta Falcons for 2 seasons. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame.
Motta attended Vero Beach High School in Vero Beach, Florida, where he was teammates with Bryan Stork and Marcus Jackson. He tallied 137 tackles including eight tackles for a loss and three sacks during senior campaign at Vero Beach High School, and was named first-team Class 6A all-state as a senior. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas in 2009. Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated the No.5 outside linebacker prospect in the nation. He accepted a scholarship offer from Notre Dame over offers from Auburn and Boston College.
In 2009, Motta was one of three freshmen to play in every game. He mostly contributed primarily on special teams and also moved back and forth between outside linebacker and safety, and recorded 12 tackles. As a sophomore, he played in all 13 games, in which he started 8. He totalled 50 tackles (30 solo, 20 assisted) which ranked seventh on the team. He added one and a half tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, one interception and two pass breakups. In his junior season, he played in all 13 games, starting eight at safety. He tallied 40 tackles, one interception, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In his final season, he tallied 77 total tackles, including 16 in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game against the Alabama Crimson Tide. He also had two tackles for loss, three pass break ups, four pass deflections and a fumble recovery.
He signed with the Falcons on May 17, 2013. On April 2, 2015, he was waived by the Falcons.