|No. -- Free Agent|
|Date of birth:March 19, 1982|
|Place of birth: Pago Pago, American Samoa|
|High School: Tafuna High School |
Tafuna, American Samoa
|Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)||Weight: 292 lb (132 kg)|
|NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 7 / Pick: 233|
|Debuted in 2005 for the Cincinnati Bengals|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2011|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Jonathan David Fanene (born March 19, 1982) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at College of the Canyons and Utah.
College career[edit | edit source]
While attending the University of Utah, the Utes were able to win the 2005 Fiesta Bowl by defeating the University of Pittsburgh 35-7. At Utah, his jersey was number 91. He was a Sociology major.
Professional career[edit | edit source]
At the NFL Combine, Fanene had impressive scores. In the 40, Fanene posted a 4.96. He also completed a 410-pound bench press.
Cincinnati Bengals[edit | edit source]
The Bengals drafted Fanene with the 233rd pick in the 7th Round. Fanene was back living in American Samoa during the draft. Once Fanene arrived in Cincinnati, he received number 68. As a Bengal, Fanene was a teammate of Domata Peko, another Samoan-born player. Fanene was quoted in the Cincinnati Post about the new members:
"To be honest, it does make me more comfortable," said Fanene. "I'm used to being around different races but seeing the same nationality around you and having your friends from back home, it makes me happy to work with them."
Fanene was slowed by injuries including a hamstring injury in the off-season prior to the 2006 campaign. Fanene was able to play in four of the final five games of the 2006 season. On February 22, 2008, the Bengals and Fanene reached an agreement on a three-year extension.
New England Patriots[edit | edit source]
On March 14, 2012, Fanene signed with the New England Patriots for three years, $12 million with a $3.5 million signing bonus. He was released with a "failure to disclose physical condition" designation on August 21, 2012.
Personal[edit | edit source]
Fanene is a member of a family with 12 children, and is married to his wife Lorelei. Fanene resides in Dayton, Kentucky, which is a small town right across the river from Cincinnati. They have a son, Truman. Fanene is of Samoan and Tongan descent.
References[edit | edit source]
- Reports: Fanene agrees to terms
- Reports: Opinion DL Fanene to Pats
- Report: Fanene excited to Join Patriots
- "Jonathan Fanene released by New England Patriots". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000052685/article/jonathan-fanene-released-by-new-england-patriots. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
- "Cincinnati Bengals: Jonathan Fanene". The Cincinnati Bengals. 2012. http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/Jonathan-Fanene/a728b5e0-28a8-4add-8178-afec06ba4c59. Retrieved August 2, 2012.