Jul 10

Domata Peko

Personal Life:

Domata Peko (born November 27, 1984 in Pago Pago, American Samoa) is a National Football League (NFL) player for the Cincinnati Bengals. His brother, Tupe Peko, is a former NFL player who played for teams that include the New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers.

Peko is married to Anna and has two sons, Domata Jr. and Joseph.




Peko attended College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California where he first started his college football from 2002-03. He transferred to Michigan State University located in East Lansing, Michigan, where he continued his college football and also majored in Sociology from 2004-05.

Peko played as a reserve for Michigan State in 2004, and broke out as a senior, starting every game at Left Defensive Tackle (LDT). He posted 53 tackles as a senior, with a sack, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and a blocked point-after-touchdown (PAT). In the 2005 college football season, Peko had one of the most publicized plays, a 74-yard fumble return for a TD vs. Michigan that tied score in fourth quarter before Michigan pulled out 34-31 overtime win.


Professional Career:

After playing college football at Michigan State, he was drafted in the 4th round in 2006, 123rd pick overall. In his sixth Bengals and NFL season, Peko filled the starting Nose Tackle role. He has led the Bengals D-line in tackles (91) for a second straight year and for third time in last four years.

He came back strongly in 2010 after weathering injury problems in the 2009 season. This was evident in the memorable hit Peko landed on fellow Samoan NFL Pittsburgh Steelers player, Troy Polamalu, in the Bengals game loss to the Steelers on November 8th, 2010.


Source – Bengals Official Website, Wikipedia, Bleacher Report


  1. Miss M

    i should have started reading SAMOAN BIOS a long time ago!!! i’m not gonna miss anything anymore!

    1. hanksta

      if peko was born in 1942, that would make him the oldest player in the nfl at the ripe age of 71 lol

      1. Admin

        Talofa hanksta,

        Thanks for spotting that. Not sure why that had gone from 1984 to 1942 from the last time it had been updated. Maybe an Admin error from updating his personal info.

        Fa’afetai Lava!

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