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From Samoa to Cincy: Peko’s Long, Strange Journey

Published by on May 29, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

Domata Peko was born and raised in American Samoa, a sun-soaked island in the rugby-crazed South Pacific.

As the son of a preacher, Peko—a devout Christian—always envisioned joining the ministry.

In fact, the 6'3", 325-pound linebacker didn't stepped onto a football field until his senior year of high school.

So the only thing longer than the 7,300-mile journey from Samoa to Cincinnati were the odds of Peko making it to the NFL.

Yet here he is, entering his fourth year in the league, a starter and leader on an ever-improving Bengals defense.

The humble Samoan attributes his success to his family and faith.

"My dad is the pastor, so that's how I was brought up," Pe...

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