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Tamba Hali

At a game in Denver in November, 2010.
CurrentteamKansas City Chiefs
CaptionAt a game in Denver in November, 2010.
Currentnumber91
CurrentpositionplainLinebacker
Birth DateNovember 3, 1983(age 33)
Birth PlaceMonrovia, Liberia
CountryLiberia
Heightft6
Heightin3
Weight275
Debutyear2006
DebutteamKansas City Chiefs
Highlights * USA Today All-Joe Team 2009 * 2006 Senior Bowl Defensive MVP * 2005 All-American * 2005 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year * 2006 NFL All-Rookie * 2010 AFC sack champion * 1× Pro Bowl selection (2010)
CollegePenn State
Draftyear2006
Draftround1
Draftpick20
Pastteams * Kansas City Chiefs (2006-present)
Statweek6
Statseason2010
Statlabel1Tackles
Statvalue1249
Statlabel2Sacks
Statvalue241.5
Statlabel3Interceptions
Statvalue31
NflHAL131362

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Tamba Boimah Hali (born November 3, 1983, in Monrovia, Liberia) is an American football outside linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs in the National Football League. 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.

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. NFL scouts began to take notice, reporting that Hali presented himself in an excellent manner 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.

Hali finally became a permanent U.S. citizen on July 31, 2006 after residing in the United States for more than a decade.


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