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A pair of Super Bowl-winning brothers are two of the American football players behind the Tongan-American consortium trying to buy the Warriors.
The Herald understands Ma’ake and Chris Kemoeatu, who won the NFL championship with the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers respectively, are part of the syndicate headed by Hawaiian politician Richard Fale.
Aside from their wide-ranging football exploits, the duo also made headlines four years ago when older brother Ma’ake, 39, donated one of his kidneys to Chris, 35, who needed a transplant after long-running kidney issues.
The transplant, which meant both had to give up their sporting careers, captured the public imagination in the United States.
The Kemoeatu brothers were born in Tonga, but moved to Oahu, Hawaii, with their family when young. They attended Kahuku High School, which has become famous for the number of NFL players it churns out.
Ma’ake played 136 NFL games from 2002 to 2012. After graduating from the University of Utah, he was picked up by the Ravens, completing four seasons with the Baltimore club. That was followed by stints at the Carolina Panthers (2006-08) and Washington Redskins (2010) before a year’s hiatus due to various injuries. He then made a memorable return to Baltimore as a 33-year-old, which was capped by a Super Bowl ring after the Ravens beat the 49ers 34-31 in 2012.
Younger brother Chris also studied at the University of Utah and was a sixth round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005.
He spent seven seasons with the Steelers, a period that coincided with one of the most successful periods in Pittsburgh history. He helped them to Super Bowl victories in his rookie year (defeating Seattle Seahawks) and 2008 (over Arizona Wildcats).
Chris made a third Super Bowl appearance in 2011, when the Steelers lost 35-21 to the Green Bay Packers.
He then retired, after battling kidney problems since he was a teenager. When he was told he needed a transplant, Ma’ake — who is the oldest of seven siblings — immediately stepped
Ma’ake (left) and Chris Kemoeatu won th h the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Ste e