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|Born:||January 27, 1979|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||300 lb (136 kg)|
|High school:||Honolulu (HI) Farrington|
|NFL Draft:||2001 / Round: 5 / Pick: 133|
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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, 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.
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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.
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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.
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