Matt Toeaina
Toeaina during the 2011 NFL season.
No. --     Free Agent
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-10-09) October 9, 1984 (age 36)
Place of birth: San Francisco, California
High School: Utulei (AS) Samoana
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 308 lb (140 kg)
Career information
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 6 / Pick: 187
Debuted in 2007 for the Chicago Bears
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Honorable mention All-Pac-10 (2006)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     50
Sacks     2.0
Forced fumbles     0
Stats at

Matt Toeaina (pronounced /toʊˈiːnə/ toh-EE-nə; born October 9, 1984[1]) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft, and later played for the Chicago Bears. He is from Pago Pago, American Samoa and played college football at Oregon.[2]

Professional career

Cincinnati Bengals

Toeaina was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. In a 2007 preseason game against the Detroit Lions, he returned an interception for 81 yards and a touchdown—an improbable achievement for a 311 pound defensive tackle.[3] Toeaina, however did not make the Bengals final roster, and was signed to their practice squad.

Chicago Bears

Toeaina was signed by the Chicago Bears to a three-year contract on December 12, 2007.[4]


Toeaina and Dusty Dvoracek during training camp in 2008

He saw his first regular season action when the Chicago Bears signed him late in the season. Toeaina registered his first NFL sack against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 28, 2010.[5]

Toeaina signed a 3 year contract extension with the Chicago Bears on December 27, 2010.[6]

On December 17, 2012, Toeaina was placed on injured reserve.[7]

On March 13, 2013, the Bears released Toeaina.[8]


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