Etuini Haloti Moala Ngata (pronounced na-ta) (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.

Ngata decided to leave Oregon a year early because his mother, Olga, was in the early stages of kidney dialysis . However, she died from her illness on January 13, 2006.[3]

High School 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.

Ngata also played rugby in high school, and helped lead his high school team to the National Rugby Championship. He was thrown out of the championship match for unnecessary roughness. [2]


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College Years

Ngata originally gave a verbal commitment to play for BYU, but surprised the Cougars by signing with Oregon on the National Letter of Intent Day. 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.


Pro Career

Haloti Ngata was selected by the Ravens in the first round (12th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft...Baltimore traded its 13th overall pick and a sixth-round selection (181st overall) to Cleveland for the 12th-overall pick. 

After playing for Baltimore for 9 seasons Haloti was traded to the Detroit Lions.

• Four-time Pro Bowler (2009-12) and first alternate (2008)
• AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 9, 2010)
• Associated Press first-team All-Pro (2010-11)
• Associated Press second-team All-Pro (2008-09, 2012)
• Pro Football Writers/Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL (2009-11)
• Pro Football Weekly All-NFL (2010-11)
• PFW/PFWA All-Rookie team (2006)
• Sports Illustrated (Peter King) All-Pro Team (2010 and 2011)
• Sports Illustrated (Peter King) Midseason All-Pro Team (2010-11)
• Sports Illustrated Midseason Defensive Player of the Year (2010)
• Sporting News All-Pro Team (2010-11)
• USA Today’s All-Joe Team (players who are critical to their team, but don’t receive the Pro Bowl nod) in 2008



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