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Haloti Ngata
No. 92     Baltimore Ravens
Defensive end / Nose tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: January 21, 1984 (1984-01-21) (age 26)
Place of birth: Inglewood, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 345 lb (156 kg)
Career information
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Debuted in 2006 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Tackles     184
Sacks     6.5
INTs     3
Stats at NFL.com

Etuini Haloti Ngata (Tongan pronunciation [ˈŋata]; born January 21, 1984 in Inglewood, California) is a football player for the Baltimore Ravens. Ngata, of Tongan ancestry,[1] was a starting defensive tackle for the University of Oregon before he entered the 2006 NFL Draft when he was drafted by the Ravens with the 12th pick in the first round, who acquired the pick from the Cleveland Browns for their first round pick and a sixth round pick.

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Early years

Ngata attended Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah and was a three-year starter on the defensive line. As a senior, he was a first team USA Today All-USA selection.[2] He played in the 2002 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Ngata was listed as the No. 2 overall prospect in the nation.[3] He chose Oregon over BYU, Nebraska, Texas A&M, and Washington.

Ngata also played rugby in high school, and helped lead his high school team to the National Rugby Championship. He was red carded in the championship match.[4]

College career

A devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Ngata said he felt most at home at Brigham Young University, but struggled to make his college decision. He eventually signed a national letter of intent to play at the University of Oregon after first committing to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.[5] Ngata tore his anterior cruciate ligament on a punt coverage play in 2003 and missed the rest of that season. But over the next two seasons, Ngata became one of the best players in college football. Ngata totaled 107 tackles, 17.5 tackles for a loss, and 6.5 sacks total in the 2004 and 2005 seasons and was a consensus All-American pick in 2005, Oregon's first in 43 years. Ngata also earned praise as a dangerous special teams player, blocking 7 kicks during his 3 year career at Oregon.

Professional career

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2006 NFL Draft

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6′4⅛″ 338 lb 5.13 1.73 2.96 4.69 7.97 31½ in. 9′2″ 37 rep
All values from NFL Combine[6]

Baltimore Ravens

Ngata decided to leave Oregon a year early because his mother, 'Ofa, was in the early stages of kidney dialysis. She died from her illness on January 13, 2006.[7]

Ngata was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round (12th overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft, becoming only the second player to be drafted by the team out of Oregon. On July 28, 2006, Ngata ended a brief contract holdout by agreeing to a 5-year contract worth up to $14 million with the Baltimore Ravens. In his rookie season, he started in all 16 games and finished the campaign with 31 tackles, one sack and an interception. He made his NFL debut on September 10 at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The following season, he made 63 tackles and three sacks.[8] He is considered to be one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL after his dominant 2007 and 2008 performances.

In the 2009 season, Ngata had 35 tackles and 1.5 sack which earned him his first career Pro Bowl selection.

Personal

Ngata is the cousin of Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Fili Moala, as well as UNLV Rebels starting guard Sifa Moala.[9] He married the former Christine Adams in June 2007. Ngata also lost his father in a traffic accident during his time at Oregon.[10]

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