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Kimo von Oelhoffen
No. --     Free Agent
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: January 30, 1971 (1971-01-30) (age 38)
Place of birth: Kaunakakai, Hawaii
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
College: Boise State
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 6 / Pick: 162
Debuted in 1994 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Kimo K. von Oelhoffen (pronounced /ˈkiːmoʊ vənˈoʊlhɒfɨn/; born January 30, 1971 in Kaunakakai, Hawaii) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He played college football at Boise State.


College career

Von Oelhoffen graduated from Moloka'i High School which did not have a football team. He had never played competitive football until attending the University of Hawaii.

Von Oelhoffen started playing at the University of Hawaii, transferring to Walla Walla Junior College the next year and finally settling at Boise State University. He suffered a number of injuries in college that slowed his development including a stress fracture in is foot in 1992 and a sprained ankle in 1993.[1]

Professional career


Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals selected Von Oelhoffen with the first pick of the sixth round of the 1994 NFL Draft. In his first three seasons, he was largely a reserve, moving into the starting lineup in 1997. The next season, Von Oelhoffen became a mainstay of the defensive line, starting every game and finishing second in tackles among defensive linemen.

Pittsburgh Steelers

After a strong 1999 season, where he recorded 24 tackles and four sacks, he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an unrestricted free agent on a four-year $11 million contract.[2] Pittsburgh initially inserted him as the starting nose tackle and converted him to defensive end. Von Oelhoffen would start all but one game from 2000-2006. He won a Super Bowl ring in 2006 in his final season as a Steeler.[3]

New York Jets

For the 2006 season, Von Oelhoffen signed with the New York Jets on a three-year $9.2 million deal. He spent one season with the Jets, viewed somewhat as a disappointment given his $3.2 million signing bonus.[4]

Philadelphia Eagles

After being released by the Jets in training camp, Von Oelhoffen signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. He would appear in eight games for them during that season.

Carson Palmer's injury

During the 2005 Wildcard Playoff game against Cincinnati, Von Oelhoffen hit Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer's left knee after being blocked by Eric Steinbach.[5] The injury to Palmer was severe, including damage to his anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament, and posterior cruciate ligament.

Von Oelhoffen later apologized publicly for the hit. Though Palmer confirmed that von Oelhoffen never contacted him personally to apologize, Palmer forgave him stating that the injury was, "just part of the game."[6][7]

During the off-season, the NFL Rules Committee modified the rule regarding low hits on quarterbacks. The so-called "Kimo Clause" now requires that defenders take every opportunity to avoid hitting a quarterback at or below the knees when the quarterback is in a defenseless position looking to throw with both feet on the ground.[7]


Kimo Von Oelhoffen is married to his wife Tondi with two daughters, Jalyn and Kamri. His father is German-Hawaiian, and his mother is Hawaiian-Portuguese. Because of family connections in Richland, Washington, he opened a restaurant named 'Kimo's', near Bateman Island on the Yakima River delta of the Columbia River. The restaurant is also the home of Rattlesnake Mountain Brewing Company, a microbrewery specializing in craft brewing.


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