Josh Mauga
Mauga at New York Jets training camp in 2013
No. 53     
Inside Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-06-20) June 20, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth: Fallon, Nevada
Career information
College: Nevada
Undrafted in 2009
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* New York Jets ( 2009 2013)
Career highlights and awards
Total tackles     205
Sacks     1.5
Forced fumbles     0
Fumble recoveries     0
Interceptions     3
Stats at

Joshua Mauga /ˈmɔːɡə/ (born June 20, 1987) is a former American football linebacker. He was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Nevada.

Early yearsEdit

Mauga graduated in 2005 from Churchill County High School where he earned All-State and All-region honors. He was also the top heavyweight wrestler in the state of Nevada.

College careerEdit

Mauga was named to The Sporting News All-Freshman team in 2005 after play all season games and notched 32 tackles. In 2006 was second on the team with 56 tackles and also intercepted 3 passes. He moved from outside linebacker to the inside linebacker position in that year. In 2007, he was the WAC leader in tackles before an MCL injury kept him out, he tied on second on team tackles with 82. He was named team captain, an honor rarely bestowed on a junior at Nevada. In his senior season he entered as a contender for WAC Defensive Player of the Year. He played through a torn pectoral muscle managing 54 tackles, 7.5 for loss and 3.5 sacks. He underwent surgery on his torn pectoral muscle on December 17 that cost him playing in the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl.

Professional careerEdit


Mauga left Nevada alongside Marko Mitchell for the 2009 NFL Draft. He was limited to cardiovascular training and lower body weightlifting to be ready for the Nevada Pro Day.

New York JetsEdit


On August 16, 2009, Mauga signed with the New York Jets. He was waived/injured on August 28 and subsequently reverted to injured reserve, only to be released with an injury settlement on September 1.

Mauga was re-signed to the Jets' practice squad on December 10, 2009, but released December 20.


He was re-signed to a future contract on January 6, 2010.

On September 3, 2010, the Jets waived Mauga who was unable to practice during training camp due to a concussion.[1] Mauga was signed to the team's practice squad on September 6, 2010.

Mauga debuted for the Jets against the Green Bay Packers.[2] On October 9, 2012, he was placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn pectoral muscle during a game against the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football.[3]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Mauga signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on July 24, 2014. On August 30, 2016, he was placed on injured reserve.[4] On July 6, 2017, Mauga re-signed with the Chiefs.[5] He was released on August 28, 2017.[6]


  1. Mehta, Manish (September 3, 2010). "Jets in process of trimming roster to 53". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on September 7, 2010. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
  2. Vrentas, Jenny (October 31, 2010), "Linebacker Josh Mauga active vs. Packers for first NFL game", (The Star-Ledger), archived from the original on October 31, 2010,, retrieved October 31, 2010
  3. Orr, Conor (October 10, 2012). "Jets sign former Colts, Packers DT Daniel Muir in wake of D-line injuries". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  4. Kissel, BJ. "Justin Houston Placed on PUP List, Josh Mauga Out for the Season".
  5. Alper, Josh (July 6, 2017). "Chiefs bring back Josh Mauga, sign Steven Terrell".
  6. Gantt, Darin (August 28, 2017). "Chiefs release linebacker Josh Mauga".

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