Chris Kemoeatu
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Kemoeatu during the 2011 season.
No. 68
Position:Offensive guard
Personal information
Born: (1983-01-04) January 4, 1983 (age 41)
Kahuku, Hawaii, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:344 lb (156 kg)
Career information
High school:Kahuku
NFL Draft:2005 / Round: 6 / Pick: 204
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:75
Games started:53
Player stats at

Uikelotu Christopher Kemoeatu (pronounced [kemo.e.ˈatu]; born January 4, 1983) is a Tongan former professional American football guard. He played college football for the University of Utah Utes, and was drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He is the younger brother of former NFL nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu.

Early life

Kemoeatu was born in Kahuku, Hawaii.[1][2] He is the younger brother of Ma'ake Kemoeatu, who also played football for the University of Utah and later entered the NFL. When Kemoeatu was three years old, the family moved to Hawaii.[3]

Kemoeatu grew up in Kahuku, Hawaii, in northern O'ahu. He attended Kahuku High School, where he played for the school's football team. He helped lead the school to their first state championship, and was named the 2000 Hawaii High School Defensive Player of the Year. Also selected first-team all state and all league (OIA) as a defensive lineman. As a junior was selected honorable mention all state defensive lineman. Kemoeatu played on both sides of the ball in high school before playing offensive line at Utah.

College career

Kemoeatu enrolled at the University of Utah, where he played for the Utah Utes football team. Originally recruited as a defensive lineman, he was moved to offensive guard by coach Ron McBride. In 2004, his senior year, Kemoeatu was named All-American. He majored in Sociology.

Professional career

Kemoeatu (68) playing against the Baltimore Ravens in 2008.

Kemoeatu was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the sixth round (204th overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft.[4] In his rookie season, he was inactive for 15 games and did not get any playing time. The following year, he made his first two starts of his career. He played 16 games throughout the 2007 season. He began the 2008 Steelers training camp on the physically unable to perform list, but began practicing in the second week.[5]

In 2008, Kemoeatu replaced seven time Pro Bowler Alan Faneca on the Steelers' offensive line, after Faneca signed with the New York Jets in the said offseason.[6]

After the Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII, they re-signed Kemoeatu to a five-year contract.[7]

At the end of the 2010 season, Kemoeatu and the Steelers appeared in Super Bowl XLV. He was a starter in the 31–25 loss to the Green Bay Packers.[8]

He was released on March 3, 2012.


Kemoeatu is the son of Manako Melino and Ahea Kolovetekina Kemoeatu, and has six siblings. His elder brothers Ma'ake and Tevita also attended Utah, playing defensive line. His younger brother, Benji, signed to play guard for the West Virginia University Mountaineers but didn't actually attend.[9]

On August 27, 2014, Chris received a kidney transplant from his brother, Ma'ake.[10][11]


National honours


  1. ^ "Chris Kemoeatu". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  2. ^ "Finder: Mean Joe gets a kick out of guard's play". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 29, 2005. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  3. ^ "Tongan pair join Big Ben centre stage". The Australian. Agence France-Presse. February 2, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  4. ^ "2005 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-05-07.
  5. ^ Brown, Scott (2008-08-04). "Polamalu waits for OK to practice". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Archived from the original on 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  6. ^ Dulac, Gerry (2008-09-05). "Steelers left guard Kemoeatu plays with nasty edge as Faneca's heir". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-09-06.
  7. ^ Steelers Retain Essex Yahoo Sports, March 17, 2009
  8. ^ "Super Bowl XLV - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers - February 6th, 2011". Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  9. ^ Harris, John (October 19, 2008). "Kemoeatu's work ethic rooted in family". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  10. ^ Gantt, Darin. "ProFootball Talk Article".
  11. ^ Litman, Laken (18 September 2014). "Ravens player retires to give kidney to younger brother, a retired Steelers player". USA Today. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Royal orders presented at Palace". Matangi Tonga. 1 August 2008. Archived from the original on 21 January 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.

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