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Tamba Hali
Kansas City ChiefsNo. 91
Defensive end
Date of Birth: November 3, 1983 (1983-11-03) (age 24)
Place of Birth: Monrovia, Liberia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 275 lb (125 kg)
National Football League Debut
2006 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career Highlights and Awards
  • 2006 Senior Bowl Defensive MVP
  • 2005 All-American
  • 2005 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year
Career History
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
 Teams:
Stats at NFL.com

Tamba Boimah Hali (born November 3, 1983, in Monrovia, Liberia) is a defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was the 20th overall pick out of Penn State in the 2006 NFL Draft. Hali grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey and is a graduate of Teaneck High School. City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... In team sports, the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the number worn on a players uniform. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... For alternate meanings, see Monrovia (disambiguation). ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... The Senior Bowl is an all-star college football exhibition game usually played either at or towards the end of the college football season in January. ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... Big Ten can refer to: Big Ten Conference, a college athletics conference Big Ten (movie studios), the largest movie studios in Hollywood This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... This article is about the state-related university. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns, through seven rounds[2], selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 2006 National Football League Draft , the 71st in league history, took place in New York City at Radio City Music Hall on April 29 and April 30, 2006. ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... For alternate meanings, see Monrovia (disambiguation). ... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, white and yellow Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... This article is about the state-related university. ... The 2006 National Football League Draft , the 71st in league history, took place in New York City at Radio City Music Hall on April 29 and April 30, 2006. ... Teaneck (pronounced ) is a township in Bergen County, New Jersey, and is a suburb of New York City. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Teaneck High School (also known as The Castle on the Hill) is a four-year comprehensive public high school, which is part of the Teaneck Public Schools district in Teaneck, New Jersey, United States. ...


There was not much pre-draft hype for Hali heading into the 2006 NFL Draft until The Sporting News made his amazing story of escape from war-torn Liberia at age 10 their April 21, 2006 cover story[1]. NFL Scouts began to take notice, reporting that Hali presented himself excellently not only in his workout but also in his interview at the NFL Combine. On draft day, the Kansas City Chiefs chose him with the 20th overall pick, much higher than draft experts had him projected. The 2006 National Football League Draft , the 71st in league history, took place in New York City at Radio City Music Hall on April 29 and April 30, 2006. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ... is the 111th day of the year (112th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Invitational Camp or NFL Combine, as it is more widely known, is a week-long showcase, occurring every February in Indianapolis, Indianas RCA Dome, where college football players perform physical and mental tests in front of NFL coaches, general managers and scouts. ...


Hali finally became a permanent U.S. citizen on July 31, 2006[2] after living in the United States for more than a decade. is the 212th day of the year (213th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Early years

Hali fled civil war-torn Liberia at age ten, joining his father Henry, a Fairleigh Dickinson University chemistry professor and Teaneck High School teacher, in the United States. He has been motivated to become a NFL-caliber player by his desire to reunite with his mother, Rachel Keita, and bring her to the United States after not having seen her for more than twelve years. Fairleigh Dickinson University is a U.S. private university founded in 1942. ... NFL redirects here. ...


Hali was named an All-American at Teaneck High School in Teaneck, New Jersey and the #1 overall prospect in New Jersey. He also lettered in basketball.[3] An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... Teaneck High School (also known as The Castle on the Hill) is a four-year comprehensive public high school, which is part of the Teaneck Public Schools district in Teaneck, New Jersey, United States. ... Teaneck (pronounced ) is a township in Bergen County, New Jersey, and is a suburb of New York City. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article is about the sport. ...


College career

Hali was named a 2005 consensus All-American, was a unanimous selection as the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, and was named first team All-Big Ten following his senior season at Penn State. He was instrumental in helping Joe Paterno's squad finish 11-1, winning the Big Ten and Orange Bowl titles that season. An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... For other uses of the term Big Ten see Big Ten (disambiguation). ... The Pennsylvania State University The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related land-grant university in Pennsylvania, with over 80,000 students at 24 campuses throughout the state. ... Joseph Vincent Paterno (born December 21, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York), nicknamed JoePa, is the head coach of Pennsylvania State Universitys college football team, a position he has held since 1966. ... The Orange Bowl is an annual college football game that is usually played on January 1 in the Miami, Florida metro area, in the United States. ...


He led the Big Ten with 11 sacks (tied for eighth nationally) and 17 tackles for loss and earned numerous accolades for his play. He was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented to the nation's top defensive player, and the Ted Hendricks Defensive End Award. Vanderbilt Quarterback Jay Cutler is sacked by U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 2nd Class Jeremy Chase. ... For other uses, see Tackle. ... The Bronko Nagurski Trophy has been awarded annually since 1993 to the best all-around defensive college football player. ... The Ted Hendricks Award is given annually to college footballs top defensive end. ...


Hali's season sack total is tied for sixth-best at Penn State and his 36 career tackles for loss are tied with Matt Millen for 10th best. Hali received the Robert B. Mitinger Award, which is given to the Nittany Lion football player who best personifies courage, character and social responsibility. The Pennsylvania State University The Pennsylvania State University (commonly known as Penn State) is a state-related land-grant university in Pennsylvania, with over 80,000 students at 24 campuses throughout the state. ... Matthew George Millen (born March 12, 1958 in Hokendauqua, Pennsylvania) Punisher was here Prior to assuming leadership of the Detroit Lions in 2001, Millen was a professional football linebacker for the Oakland Raiders, the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins of the NFL. In Millens 12-year NFL... The Robert B. Mitinger Award is presented to Penn State Nittany Lions football players who personify courage, character and social responsibility. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...


Hali was named defensive MVP of the 2006 Senior Bowl. In sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... The Senior Bowl is an all-star college football exhibition game usually played either at or towards the end of the college football season in January. ...


NFL career

2006 NFL Draft

In 2006, Hali entered the NFL draft ranked as the #2 defensive end behind North Carolina State's Mario Williams. At 6 ft. 3 in. (1.91 m), 275 lb (125 kg), Hali is slightly undersized for an NFL defensive end, but he is a great pass rusher coming off the edge. Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ... North Carolina State University Seal North Carolina State University is an institution of higher learning located in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... Mario Williams (born January 31, 1985 in Jacksonville, North Carolina) is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. ... NFL redirects here. ... Defensive end is the name of a defensive position in the sport of American football. ...


On April 29, 2006, Hali was chosen 20th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in a surprise move. Hali was projected by many analysts to be selected later in the draft, but Kansas City did not hesitate to select the best player to help their struggling defense. is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Kansas City Chiefs

Making an early impression already in Chiefs camp, Tamba Hali has earned the nickname of "The TambaHawk" (a take on "Tomahawk"), and the starting position for defensive end. Native American Afraid of Hawk, holding a tomahawk A tomahawk is a type of axe native to North America, traditionally resembling a hatchet with a straight shaft. ...


On July 31, 2006, Hali was excused from the Chiefs two-a-day practices at training camp in River Falls, Wisconsin and flew back to his home in Teaneck, New Jersey to take his citizenship exam—the final step in his quest to become an American citizen. He passed the exam, and was sworn in as a permanent citizen of the United States later that day. [2]. is the 212th day of the year (213th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... River Falls is a city located in Wisconsin. ...


On September 28, Hali's mother Rachel arrived in Kansas City, Missouri and currently lives with Tamba on a one-year visa. On October 1, she saw her son play for the first time as the Chiefs shut out the 49ers 41-0. [4] is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Hali won the Mack Lee Hill award as the top Chiefs rookie for 2006.[5] Mack Lee Hill American football Player born August 17, 1940 died December 12, 1965. ...


At the end of the NFL season, Hali led the Chiefs with 7.5 sacks, 3.5 more than #1 overall draft pick Mario Williams.


Trivia

  • Hali has an older half-brother, also named Tamba. This stems from a tradition in the Kissi culture wherein the second son born to a woman is always named "Tamba." (The first is traditionally named "Saah.") When the Hali family is together, they call the eldest "Big Tamba" and his 6 ft. 3 in. (1.91 m), 275-pound (125 kg) half-brother "Little Tamba"[1]. He also has a brother (Saah Hali) who is a middle school Social Studies teacher in Teaneck, New Jersey.
  • His cousin, Martin Coleman, plays cornerback for the University of Pittsburgh football team.

== Kissi (or Kisi) is a language split into two parts, northern and southern. ... Martin Isaac Coleman Jr. ... For corner back, the Gaelic football and hurling position, see Gaelic football and Hurling positions . ... Head coach Dave Wannstedt 3rd year, 13–14 Home stadium Heinz Field Capacity 65,050 - Grass Conference Big East First year 1889 Athletic director Jeff Long Website PittsburghPanthers. ...


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