NFL Player Retires to Give His Brother a Kidney

Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu (96) celebrates Baltimore Ravens victory in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-98348 ORIG FILE ID: 20130203_mam_usa_176.jpg

We lost another pro football player, but this time, it’s for a beautiful reason.

When Ma’ake Kemoeatu’s brother Chris started suffering kidney troubles back in 2011, Ma’ake took what he thought would be a temporary break from pro football, leaving the Ravens after the end of the 2012 season to spend time with him.

Then, Chris took a turn for the worse, and it turned out that he needed a new kidney. Ma’ake and his father were both matches, but Ma’ake refused to let his father go through with the operation:

“My dad wanted to do it, and we kind of got into it because I didn’t want him to do it. I’m the oldest of seven kids so it was my responsibility to take care of my younger brothers and sisters.”

Instead, Ma’ake stepped up as a donor, and, in doing so, gave up the possibility of returning to a career in professional football.

Ma’ake is for real about that whole “taking care of my brothers and sisters” thing too: as a college student, Ma’ake was blocked from playing the final game of his senior year – a penalty he “earned” for using scholarship money to buy textbooks for his younger brother, who could not afford them.

So basically this dude is an all-around hero. We need more of those.

Read the full story here, unless you’re in some kind of public setting where weeping openly would be frowned upon.

Written by Other98 Team