The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Selected by Cleveland Browns in fourth round (104th overall) of 2009 NFL Draft, April 26, 2009…Signed by Oakland Raiders as unrestricted free agent, March 14, 2013.
AT A GLANCE:
CAREER: Versatile linebacker who has played on defense and special teams over his five-year career with the Raiders and Cleveland Browns…Has totaled 138 total tackles (90 solo), 4.5 sacks, five passes defensed and five forced fumbles in 59 NFL contests, with 23 starts at linebacker…Saw action primarily on special teams in 2013 for Oakland, while serving as a substitute linebacker…Played in 37 straight games from 2011-13…Made 13 starts for Cleveland in 2012, making 49 tackles and two sacks.
2013: Versatile linebacker played in nine games with one start before having season cut short due injuries...Totaled 25 tackles (nine solo), seeing significant time at SLB and on special teams...Placed on the reserve/injured list on Dec. 7...(9/8) at Ind.: Started at WLB in first game with Oakland...Credited with eight tackles (three solo)...(9/15) vs. Jac.: Saw limited action due to a groin injury...Posted a solo tackle on special teams, corralling a returner on kickoff duty...(9/23) at Den.: Saw action at LB, recording five tackles (two)...(9/29) vs. Was.: Tied for third on the team with seven tackles (three)...(10/27) vs. Pit.: Saw significant snaps at OLB, assisting on four tackles...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Played on special teams but left the game early due to an injury to his ribs...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Returned to action after missing two games...Saw time on special teams.
2012 (with Cle.): Played in all 16 games, with 13 starts, totaling 53 tackles (35 solo) with 18 assists…Posted two sacks, three passes defensed and 2 forced fumbles…(9/9) vs. Phi.: Opened 2012 regular season with six stops (five solo)…(10/21) at Ind.: Posted first sack of year while recording four total tackles…(10/28) vs. SD: Recorded career-high nine tackles (five solo), and followed that contest with six-tackle effort and two passes defensed…(12/16) vs. Was: Recorded five tackles (four solo).
2011 (with Cle.): Played in all 16 games, including six starts…Recorded 24 tackles on defense and finished second on the team with 10 special teams stops…(11/27) at Cin.: Made a key stop of Cedric Benson on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line in the first quarter…(12/8) at Pit.: Notched three tackles and forced a Hines Ward fumble that was recovered by Sheldon Brown at the Browns’ 15-yard line.
2010 (with Cle.): Played in the first two games of the season before being placed on the reserve/injured list on Sept. 21 with a knee injury.
2009 (with Cle.): Appeared in all 16 games with three starts…Recorded 40 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble on defense…Registered five tackles on special teams and one forced fumble…Also played a key role on both kickoff return and kickoff coverage, helping the Browns to an NFL-best average starting position of 31.4 and to a league-best defensive kickoff return average of 18.9…(10/25) vs. GB: Made first start of NFL career...(11/16) vs. Bal.: Produced then-career-high eight tackles in his second career pro start...(1/3/10) vs. Jac.: Posted four tackles and a career-best 1.5 sacks in season finale.
COLLEGE: Missed just one game during four-year career at USC…Amassed 164 career tackles and two interceptions…Second-team All-Pac-10 selection as a senior, when he notched 66 tackles and an interception…Named 2009 Rose Bowl Defensive MVP after posting four tackles and two pass deflections against Penn State…Named USC’s co-Special Teams Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006…Majored in sociology.
PERSONAL: Full name is Kaluka Kawahalama Maiava…Native of Wailuku, Hawaii on the island of Maui, where he attended Baldwin High School…As a senior, was the Gatorade Hawaii Player of the Year and a first-team all-state selection by the Honolulu Advertiser…Also participated in soccer and boxing in high school…Father, Scott Mahoney, was an offensive lineman at the University of Colorado (1969-71)…Grandfather is ex-pro wrestler Neff Maiava…Brother, Kai, was an offensive lineman at UCLA…Uncle is Dwayne Johnson, who played football at Miami before gaining worldwide attention as professional wrestler “The Rock.”