Another NFL player wont be returning to the field. But this time, it's for all the right reasons.
Maake Kemoeatu retired from the NFL after donating his kidney to another former NFL player in need of a transplant, his brother, Chris Kemoeatu.
Maake, a former Baltimore Ravens player and Chris, a former Pittsburgh Steelers player, both underwent surgery on August 27.
quoted Maake as saying,
"He couldn't play anymore, and I didn't want to be in a position where he couldn't play, but I'd keep playing. As soon as my brother's health was at risk I wanted to stop everything."
Chris Kemoeatu has been suffering from kidney problems since the eighth grade. In 2012, Maake learned the problem had persisted to the point that his brother would need surgery, and the Super Bowl champ immediately quit his career with the Ravens.
"I'm the oldest of the seven kids, and its my responsibility to take care of my younger brothers and sisters. If my younger siblings need blood, it'll be my blood. If they need a kidney, it'll have to be my kidney."
Now, with Maake having helped save Chris' life, the two brothers have gained an even stronger bond.
"It definitely brought us closer as brothers."
Chris Kemoeatu last played for the Steelers in 2011.