A Bengals team leader on field and in locker room, Peko has spent all nine of his NFL seasons (2006-14) with Cincinnati ... Has led line in tackles in four seasons, and ranked third with 46 in ’14 ... Has started last 83 games (regular season and postseason), longest streak on season-end roster for consecutive Bengals starts and NFL starts ... Occasionally utilized on offense as lead blocker out of backfield on short-yardage plays.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in fourth round of 2006 NFL Draft (123rd overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-28-06 ... Signed contract extension with Bengals on 6-12-08 ... Signed contract extension with Bengals on 3-27-14.
2014 highlights: Started at DT for Games 1-16 and Wild Card playoff ... Ranked third on line in regular season with 47 tackles (two for-loss), including one sack ... Led line with five tackles on Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta ... Led line with eight tackles on Oct. 5 at New England ... Tied for line lead with five tackles (one for loss), including a sack and a QB hit of Andrew Luck, on Oct. 19 at Indianapolis ... Led line and ranked third on team with eight tackles on Nov. 16 at New Orleans ... On Nov. 23 at Houston, was major part of defensive line push which caused Texans RB Alfred Blue to trip over a backpedaling offensive lineman in the end zone and be tackled by DT Geno Atkins for a safety ... Had two tackles on Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay before leaving in second quarter with elbow injury, but returned to start Dec. 7 vs. Pittsburgh ... Three tackles in Wild Card playoff on 1-4-15 at Indianapolis.
Previous seasons: 2006—Played in every game in D-line rotation as a rookie, and made one start, Nov. 30 vs. Baltimore, subbing for injured John Thornton ... On Oct. 29 vs. Atlanta, had a season-high seven tackles that included a shared sack of Michael Vick ... Had his biggest impact game Dec. 24 at Denver, as his six tackles included two sacks, and he added a forced fumble that Bengals recovered, setting up TD drive. 2007—Started every game at LDT ... On Oct. 21 vs. N.Y. Jets, his fumble recovery on an aborted shotgun snap gave Bengals possession at midfield in fourth quarter, setting up TD drive that helped secure win ... Had a season-high eight tackles Dec. 15 at San Francisco, including shared sack against Shaun Hill in third quarter. 2008—Led line with career-best 108 tackles, ranked third on team ... Led team in tackles for loss (six) ... Line-leading nine stops in shutout win Dec. 21 at Cleveland. 2009—Started Games 1-11 at LDT, battling knee injuries in several games ... Injuries eventually sidelined him for last five games, but he came back to start in Wild Card playoff on 1-9-10 vs. N.Y. Jets ... Voted by team as one of two defensive captains ... On offense Oct. 25 vs. Chicago, provided key block on Cedric Benson one-yard TD run in fourth quarter. 2010—Voted by teammates as one of two defensive captains, and started every game at NT ... Four tackles Oct. 8 vs. Pittsburgh, including one for loss, and was lead blocker on one-yard TD run by Cedric Benson. 2011—His 91 regular-season tackles ranked fourth on team, and he had 2.5 sacks ... On Sept. 18 at Denver, had seven tackles and recovered a Kyle Orton fumble at Broncos 14, setting up a FG ... Led line with eight tackles Dec. 4 at Pittsburgh, and had his first solo sack of season, dropping Ben Roethlisberger for five-yard loss ... In offensive role Dec. 18 at St. Louis, helped clear way for a four-yard Cedric Benson TD in fourth quarter ... Led line and tied for team lead Dec. 24 vs. Arizona with six tackles, including an 11-yard sack of John Skelton ... Had line-leading eight tackles (second on team) in Wild Card playoff 1-7-12 at Houston. 2012—In addition to line-leading 80 tackles (fourth on team), had two sacks, three passes defensed and a fumble recovery ... Logged five QB pressures and four tackles-for-loss ... Five tackles Sept. 30 at Jacksonville, including a sack of Blaine Gabbert on game’s first play from scrimmage ... On Oct. 14 at Cleveland, had nine tackles, season-high by a D-lineman (breaking his mark of eight set previous week) ... Four tackles Nov. 11 vs. N.Y. Giants, including a shared sack of Eli Manning, and also had a pass defensed ... On Nov. 25 vs. Oakland, his pressure on QB Carson Palmer helped lead to an INT by teammate Chris Crocker ... On Dec. 13 at Philadelphia, recovered a fumble on Eagles’ first drive, setting up a Bengals TD drive ... Led line with eight tackles Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore, and had a pass defensed ... Led line in tackles (nine) in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-13 at Houston, tying his game-high from regular season. 2013—Started at NT in Games 1-16 and in Wild Card playoff, with 72 tackles (second on line), 3.0 sacks (career-high) and five QB pressures ... His two tackles Sept. 16 vs. Pittsburgh included shared six-yard sack of Ben Roethlisberger in first quarter ... His three tackles Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay included six-yard sack of Aaron Rodgers during Bengals’ comeback fourth quarter ... Recorded four tackles, including a seven-yard sack of Thad Lewis, Oct. 13 at Buffalo ... Tied for line lead with six tackles Oct. 20 at Detroit, and also recorded two QB pressures ... Led line with seven tackles and had one QB pressure Dec. 1 at San Diego ... Had shared sack of Matt Cassel Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota ... Led line with personal season-high nine tackles Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore ... Five tackles in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-14 vs. San Diego.
College: Played at Michigan State in 2004 and ’05, after spending ’02-03 at College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita, Calif.) ... Played as a reserve for Michigan State in ’04, and broke out as a senior, starting every game at LDT ... Posted 53 tackles as a senior, with a sack, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and a blocked PAT ... Had one of ’05 college season’s 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 OT win.
Personal: Hometown is Pago Pago, American Samoa ... Played both offensive and defensive line at Samoana High School ... Married (wife Anna), with two sons, Domata Jr. and Joseph ... Brother, Tupe, played OL at Michigan State and played in NFL with Indianapolis Colts ... Sociology major at Michigan State ... Enjoys Reggae music and playing the guitar ... First name is pronounced “DOE-mah-tah” and last name is pronounced “PECK-o.”