TONGAN-born Uikelotu Chris Kemoeatu (26), the offensive guard for AFC champions Pittsburgh Steelers will play his first Super Bowl XLIII Championship against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, February 1 in Tampa, Florida.
The talent runs in the family. Chris who weighs an impressive 344 pounds is the younger brother of Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu and the older brother of Kahuku High School (Hawaii) guard Benji Kemoeatu.
His career took off when he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Utah. He replaced Alan Faneca at left guard after he left for the New York Jets.
Prior to that he was named the Hawaii High School Defensive Player of the Year when he helped lead Kahuku High School to their first State Championship in 2000.
His sister Napualani Kemoeatu said in Hawaii today that Chris had been very busy preparing and training for this huge event that nearly all of the United States will watch when it kicks off at the Raymond James Stadium this Sunday.
Super Bowl is the championship game played between the champions of the National Football League's two conferences: the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC) to decide to the NFL champion for the 2008 season. The New York Giants won the Super Bowl XLII NFL Championship in the 2007 season.
Proud family in Tongatapu confirmed today, that Chris is the Tongan born son of Manako Melino and 'Ahea Kemoeatu of 'Ohonua, 'Eua and Falevai, Vava'u.
His family migrated to Kahuku, Hawaii in the 1980's when he was only three years old.