Mario Fatafehi

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Mario Fatafehi
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Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1979-01-27) January 27, 1979 (age 39)
Chicago, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school: Honolulu (HI) Farrington
College: Kansas State
NFL Draft: 2001  / Round: 5 / Pick: 133
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 57
Sacks: 5.0
Forced fumbles: 1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Mario Fatafehi (born January 27, 1979) is a former American football defensive tackle. His professional career involved stints with the Arizona Cardinals, the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos of the NFL and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Defensive tackle position in American football

A defensive tackle (DT) is typically the largest and strongest of the defensive players in American football. The defensive tackle typically lines up opposite one of the offensive guards. Depending on a team's individual defensive scheme, a defensive tackle may be called upon to fill several different roles. These roles may include merely holding the point of attack by refusing to be moved or penetrating a certain gap between offensive linemen to break up a play in the opponent's backfield. If a defensive tackle reads a pass play, his primary responsibility is to pursue the quarterback, or simply knock the pass down at the line if it's within arm's reach. Other responsibilities of the defensive tackle may be to pursue the screen pass or drop into coverage in a zone blitz scheme. In a traditional 4–3 defense, there is no nose tackle. Instead there is a left and right defensive tackle. Some teams, especially in the National Football League (NFL), do have a nose tackle in this scheme, but most of them do not.

Arizona Cardinals National Football League franchise in Glendale, Arizona

The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football franchise based in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Cardinals compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The Cardinals were founded as the Morgan Athletic Club in 1898, and are the oldest continuously run professional football team in the United States. The Cardinals play their home games at State Farm Stadium, which opened in 2006 and is located in the northwestern suburb of Glendale.

Fatafehi played college football at Kansas State University. Fatafehi started 24 consecutive games at defensive tackle for Kansas State University and registered 128 tackles and 12 sacks after transferring from Snow College; he posted 80 tackles and 8.5 sacks as a senior at Kansas State to earn first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors; as a junior, he picked up Big 12 Defensive Newcomer-of-the-Year honours as well as second-team all-conference accolades. Fatafehi was a first-team junior college All-American at Snow College, where he was the team's defensive captain and most valuable player as a two-year starter.

College football collegiate rules version of American/Canadian football, played by student-athletes of American/Canadian colleges and universities

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Kansas State University public university in the state of Kansas

Kansas State University (KSU), commonly shortened to Kansas State or K-State, is a public research university with its main campus in Manhattan, Kansas, United States. Kansas State was opened as the state's land-grant college in 1863 and was the first public institution of higher learning in the state of Kansas. It had a record high enrollment of 24,766 students for the Fall 2014 semester.

Snow College is a state college located in the city of Ephraim in rural central Utah, United States. It offers certificates and associate degrees in a number of areas, along with bachelor's degrees in music and software engineering and a four-year nursing program. Snow College is operated as part of the Utah System of Higher Education.

Prior to attending Kansas State he played at Snow College and graduated from Farrington High School in Honolulu. His older brother Toni attended Foothill College and later the University of Utah. [1]

Farrington High School

Governor Wallace Rider Farrington High School is a public grades 9–12 high school located in the Kalihi district of Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi.

Honolulu State capital city in Hawaii, United States

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Foothill College two-year college near Mountain View, California

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