Kaluka Maiava
Maiava on the sidelines during the 2008 USC season.
No. 54     Oakland Raiders
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-12-27) December 27, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 229 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 104
Debuted in 2009 for the Cleveland Browns
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles     133
Sacks     4.5
Forced fumbles     5
Interceptions     0
Stats at

Kaluka Maiava (born December 27, 1986) is an American football linebacker for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Southern California (USC).

High schoolEdit

Maiava attended Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Hawaii on the island of Maui. His junior year, he had 157 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. Before his senior season, Maiava nearly transferred to Kahuku High School on the island of Oahu, where his uncle was an assistant coach, to get more attention at a program known for its NFL alumni; however, his strong performance in football camps on the mainland influenced him to remain at Baldwin.[1] His senior year, he had 147 tackles, 39 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 8 forced fumbles and 5 blocked kicks, as well as a punt return for a TD. As a student, he achieved a 3.6 grade point average and an SAT score of 1010 (old scoring system).[2] He modeled himself after Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.[1]

Considered the top recruit coming out of Hawaii and one of the top prospects at the linebacker position, Maiava was heavily recruited.[3] A number of major programs offered him scholarships, including UCLA, Washington, Oregon, Utah, BYU, Wisconsin, Colorado, Arizona and UTEP; however, he was not strongly recruited by the University of Hawaii, then under June Jones. His final three choices were USC, UCLA and Colorado.[1] In the summer before his senior year, while attending camps on the mainland, he was invited to make an official visit to UCLA. Impressed by their facilities and coaching staff, he made a soft verbal commitment to UCLA in July 2004.[1][2] However, Maiava decided to visit other programs and eventually drawn to USC, where he was attracted to the energy of the players and coaches, the program's popularity and the Hollywood atmosphere.[2] He committed to USC on October 11, 2004; he joined the same class as fellow Trojans linebacker Brian Cushing.[3] He is the first player from Maui to play for USC.[4]

In February 2005, the Council of the County of Maui honored him with a resolution congratulating him for all of his high school football achievements.[5]

College careerEdit

Maiava attended USC and played for the USC Trojan football team (2005-2008 seasons) under head coach Pete Carroll and Linebacker Coach Ken Norton Jr. The 2008 linebacker corps at USC, featuring Brian Cushing, Maiava, Clay Matthews III, and Rey Maualuga, was ranked as one of the most talented linebacker corps in college football history.[6][7][8]

During his freshman season at USC, Maiava was selected by the team as co-special teams player of the year along with kicker Mario Danelo, he also won the Trojans' Service Team Defensive Player of the Year.[9] In 2006, he had 34 tackles, including 3½ for losses while playing in 12 games and again winning the team's Co-Special Teams Player of the Year Award. During his junior, 2007 season, he was a key reserve, making 44 tackles, including 4½ for losses, two sacks, two pass deflections and a forced fumble while appearing in all 13 games and starting once, against Arizona State. During that season's bowl game, the 2008 Rose Bowl, he suffered a wrist injury and was unable to participate in spring practices.[10]

Going into his senior, 2008 season, he replaced All-American, top-10 NFL Draft selection Keith Rivers in a linebacking corp that included highly-touted NFL prospects Brian Cushing and Rey Maualuga.[10] He had a strong senior season, finishing the regular season with 62 tackles, 7½ for losses, three pass deflections and an interception while making all 12 starts. He won the team player of the game award against rival-Notre Dame, and had the highest number tackles in games were USC struggled against opposing teams' rushing attack.[4] In the 2009 Rose Bowl Game, Maiava became the third straight linebacker from USC to have won the most valuable defensive player of the game, following 2009 bowl game teammates Cushing (2007) and Maualuga (2008).[11]

Maiava was one of twelve USC players, including the four senior linebackers Brian Cushing, Maiava, Clay Matthews III, and Rey Maualuga, who attended the by-invitation-only 2009 NFL Scouting Combine (top rated NCAA Division 1 teams might send only one to three senior players to the Combine).[12]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • 2009 Rose Bowl Defensive MVP
  • 2008 coaches Second Team All-Pac-10
  • 2005-2006 USC Special Teams player of the Year

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureablesEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 11½ in 229 lb 4.65 s 1.56 s 2.70 s 4.20 s 6.98 s 32 in 9 ft 2 in 30 rep

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Maiava was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round, 104th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Oakland RaidersEdit

On March 13, 2013, Maiava signed a three year, $6 million dollar contract with the Oakland Raiders.[14]


Maiava's father, Scott Mahoney, attended and played football for Kamehameha Schools and the University of Colorado as an offensive lineman.[1] His mother, Kathryn, works for an airline, which allowed the family the ability to take free trips to the mainland during Maiava's high school recruiting period.[2] His brother, Kai, also played football at Colorado and UCLA. He is the grandson of professional wrestler Neff Maiava, and the nephew of Dwayne Johnson, who played football at Miami before gaining wide attention as professional wrestler "The Rock".[2] Maiava is a die hard New York Yankees fan.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Paul Honda, Hard work takes Maiava, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, October 15, 2004, Accessed January 8, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Stacy Kaneshiro, Maiava glad to be done with recruiting process, Honolulu Advertiser, January 30, 2005, Accessed January 8, 2009.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kaluka Maiava - Football Recruiting,, Accessed January 8, 2009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dan Weber, Maiava makes most of his shot, The Press-Enterprise, December 25, 2008, Accessed January 8, 2009.
  5. Resolution 05-17: CONGRATULATING KALUKA MAIAVA ON HIS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ACHIEVEMENTS, Council of the County of Maui, February 18, 2005, Accessed January 8, 2009.
  9. Gary Klein, The Best in the Nation Is Also Trojan MVP, Los Angeles Times, December 14, 2005, Accessed January 8, 2009.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Kalani Takase, Baldwin alum starts at USC, Honolulu Advertiser, July 9, 2008, Accessed January 8, 2009.
  11. Gary Klein, USC's Stafon Johnson to return; C.J. Gable might not, Los Angeles Times, January 2, 2009, Accessed January 8, 2009.
  12. Ted Miller, Pac-10 NFL combine invitees,, February 2, 2009, Accessed February 2, 2009.
  13. "Kaluka Maiava". NFL Draft 2009-02-29. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  14. Raiders Add Three Unrestricted Free Agents on Defense

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