Rey Maualuga is a linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s been in the starting line-up for all five years of his NFL career. In 2008, he won the Chuck Bednarik Award for his defensive prowess at the University of Southern California.
Maualuga was born in Fort Sill Oklahoma on January 20, 1987. His family struggled a bit financially and moved back and forth frequently between Hawaii and California. He attended St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura California but began to take football seriously at Eureka High School as a junior. He drew attention from sports publications and college teams offering scholarships as an All-American by the end of his senior year.
After committing to the University of Southern California, Maualuga played as a freshman alongside linebackers, Clay Matthews, Brian Cushing and Keith Rivers all of whom were developed into premiere linebackers at USC.
Maualuga stood out among most because of his spirit and enthusiasm for the game. He won the John McKay Award for most competitive spirit. In his senior year he received the Chuck Bednarik Award and was recognized as a unanimous All-American.
Maualuga was drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals and become an immediate starter. Every year he has increased his tackles total and has become the “quarterback” of the defense as the middle linebacker. His intensity has carried over from his college years to the professional level and he’s shown to be capable of making plays all over the field.
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