BALTIMORE (AP) On the field their teams may be rivals, but off the field, brothers Ma’ake (May-ah-kay) and Chris Kemoeatu (Kee-mo-ee-ah-tu)-one a former Baltimore Raven, the other an ex-Pittsburgh Steeler- are closer than close.
They share a lifelong love of football, an alma mater and now, a pair of kidneys.
Ma’ake Kemoeatu, a former nose tackle for the Ravens, donated a kidney to his brother Chris, a former offensive guard for the Steelers, at the University of Maryland Medical Center in August. The brothers are now recovering from their surgeries.
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Chris Kemoeatu’s football career was cut short after seven seasons with the Steelers when he learned he’d need a kidney transplant. That’s when his older brother, a 99-percent kidney match, stepped in, and left the Ravens in 2012.