A Bengals team leader on and off field, Peko has played all 10 of his NFL seasons with Cincinnati ... Known throughout his career as a strong run-stopper, and in 2015 he posted a career-high for sacks (five) ... Has played in 102 consecutive Bengals games (including postseason), longest streak on current roster ... Had 101 consecutive starts through the end of the 2015 regular season, but that streak was snapped when Wild Card playoff game vs. Pittsburgh saw him on the sidelines for first play, as defense opened in a nickel front ... Has led line in tackles in four seasons ... 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.
2015 highlights: Started Games 1-16, with 35 tackles, five sacks and one pass defensed ... Played but did not start in Wild Card playoff ... On Sept. 13 at Oakland, his push helped LB Rey Maualuga stop HB Latavius Murray for no gain on fourth-and-one from the Oakland 45 in the second quarter ... On Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City, sacked Alex Smith twice, for losses of three and eight yards in the second quarter, the second two-sack game of his career ... His three tackles Nov. 16 vs. Houston included two-yard sack of Brian Hoyer in third quarter ... Had a 10-yard sack of Austin Davis in third quarter Dec. 6 at Cleveland ... Had a nine-yard sack of Blaine Gabbert among his three tackles Dec. 20 at San Francisco ... Two tackles Dec. 28 at Denver ... Two tackles Jan. 3 vs. Baltimore.
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. 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—Credited with major leadership role in helping keep together during long lockout that preceded training camp ... 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) ... 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 in tackles (nine) in Wild Card playoff on 1-5-13 at Houston. 2013—Started at NT in Games 1-16 and in Wild Card playoff, with 72 tackles (second on line), three sacks (career-high) and five QB pressures ... His three tackles Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay included six-yard sack of Aaron Rodgers during Bengals’ comeback in fourth quarter ... Recorded four tackles, including a seven-yard sack of Thad Lewis, Oct. 13 at Buffalo ... Led line with seven tackles and had one QB pressure Dec. 1 at San Diego ... Led line with personal season-high nine tackles Dec. 29 vs. Baltimore. 2014—Started at DT in Games 1-16 and Wild Card playoff ... Ranked third on line in regular season with 46 tackles (two for loss), including one sack ... Sacked Andrew Luck on Oct. 19 at Indianapolis ... 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.
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.”
DT Domata Peko speaks to the media in the locker room following the game in Pittsburgh. Peko compliments Pouncey's play and looks forward to next week's matchup against Denver.