Michael Patrick Hoomanawanui (//; born July 4, 1988) is an American football tight end of Hawaiian and Italian-Irish descent who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fifth round (132nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at University of Illinois.
Hoomanawanui in 2016
|Born:||July 4, 1988|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school:||Central Catholic|
|NFL Draft:||2010 / Round: 5 / Pick: 132|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
|Player stats at PFR|
Hoomanawanui attended Epiphany Elementary and Junior High School and Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, Illinois. He was a Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times First-team All-State selection and a First-team All-Cornbelt Conference selection after making 50 receptions for 843 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior. He led the team with 139 tackles and eight sacks on defense. Hoomanawanui also lettered in basketball during freshman, sophomore and junior years.
As a freshman, he played in 10 games, starting three at tight end. In 2007, he played in 11 games, starting five at tight end. As a junior, in 2008, he earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors by both the media and coaches after playing in all 12 games and eight starts at tight end. He ended the season with 25 catches for 312 yards and two touchdowns. In the 2009 season Hoomanawanui played in eight games, starting five. He ended the season with 10 receptions for 114 yards.
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 3.5 in
|4.77 s||1.67 s||2.76 s||4.52 s||7.67 s||32 1⁄2 in
|9 ft 2 in
|All values from Illinois Pro Day.|
St. Louis RamsEdit
He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. On June 26, 2010, he signed a four-year, $2.4 million contract including a $215,000 signing bonus. During his rookie year in 2010, Hoomanawanui played 8 games (started three) making 13 receptions for 146 yards and three touchdowns. In 2011, he started eight games making seven catches for 83 yards. He was cut on September 2, 2012.
New England PatriotsEdit
On September 5, 2012, Hoomanawanui signed with the New England Patriots. During his first season with New England in 2012, Hoomanawanui played 14 games (started six) making five catches for 109 yards. He made his first career postseason start in the AFC Championship in a 28–13 loss against the Baltimore Ravens.
On April 15, 2013, Hoomanawanui signed his free agent tender to remain with the Patriots. During the 2013 year, Hoomanawanui appeared in 13 games (started 10), made 12 catches for 136 yards and a one-handed touchdown catch in a loss to the Miami Dolphins. His efforts helped the Patriots to the AFC Championship again, only to lose to the Denver Broncos, 26–16.
On March 10, 2014 it was announced Hoomanawanui re-signed with the Patriots for an additional two seasons. During the 2014 year, Hoomanawanui played 12 games (started six), made three catches for 44 yards.
Hoomanawanui earned his first Super Bowl appearance after the Patriots' 45–7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the 2014 AFC Championship Game, where he had one reception for six yards. Before that, he recorded four catches for 43 yards in the team's 35–31 Divisional round victory over the Baltimore Ravens. During Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks, Hoomanawanui caught one pass for four yards in the first quarter. Hoomanawanui received his first career championship title as the Patriots won the Super Bowl, 28–24, over the Seahawks.
New Orleans SaintsEdit
On September 30, 2015, Hoomanawanui was traded to the New Orleans Saints in return for Saints defensive lineman Akiem Hicks. He mainly played at fullback and tight end in blocking situations, catching 11 passes for 76 yards and three touchdowns in his first season with the Saints.
On September 3, 2016, Hoomanawanui was placed on injured reserve.
In 2017, Hoomanawanui played in 14 games, recording six receptions for 52 yards and one touchdown.
On September 1, 2018, Hoomanawanui was placed on injured reserve with a neck injury.
Regular season statisticsEdit
- Thomas, Jim (September 1, 2012). "Rams claim 2; Hoomanawanui, Ojinnaka cut". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
- Patriots sign TE Hoomanawanui - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston
- Wilson, Aaron. "Source: Patriots resigning Michael Hoomanawanu to two year deal". Nationalfootballpost.com. Archived from the original on March 11, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
- Brett Martel, "Saints trade DT Hicks to Patriots for TE Hoomanawanui", Associated Press at Boston.com, September 30, 2015.
- Gantt, Darin. "Saints cut Khalif Barnes, Travaris Cadet in getting roster to 53". NBCSports.com.
- "New Orleans Saints make roster reductions to 53". NewOrleansSaints.com. September 1, 2018.
- "MICHAEL HOOMANAWANUI". New England Patriots. Archived from the original on January 1, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2013.