Jesse's Playbook: Olli Maatta versus Haloti Ngata

Opinion May 18, 2017 by Jesse Ferguson Brant News

The difference between Olli Maatta and Haloti Ngata? Well, not a lot … phonetically speaking. Maatta is “O-lee mah-ta,” while Ngata is “Hal-lo-tee nah-ta.”  

If not quite the same, they at least rhyme.

They have some professional similarities, too. 

Maatta is of NHL fame for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ngata is of NFL fame, currently, for the Detroit Lions. They are both champions. Ngata has a Super Bowl ring earned with the Baltimore Ravens, while Maatta has a Stanley Cup to his credit in 2016 for the Penguins.

Even positionally, both of these professional athletes play defence. Maatta is a blueliner, while Ngata is a defensive tackle. Incidentally, both were drafted inside the first round of their respective leagues, Maatta at 22nd overall and Ngata going 12th.

Even their height is almost the same. Maatta is six-foot-three, while Ngata stands six-foot-four. Both have also experienced shoulder injuries that have cost them games in the pinnacle of their sport’s leagues.

However, that may be where the similarities end. It’s going to be very hard to confuse one for the other.

Maatta weighs in at 206 pounds, whereas Ngata tops the scale at 340 pounds. The other easily-recognizable element is that Maatta is Scandinavian, from Finland. On the other hand, Ngata is from Inglewood, California, and is of Tongan descent.

They are both active players in their leagues, though Ngata is presumably at the end of his career. The NFL Players’ Association claims an NFL career averages 3.5 seasons; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said it’s about nine years for first-round picks; while Bleacher Report measures a defensive tackle’s career duration at about seven years. Ngata is entering his 11th season. 

Meanwhile, Mattaa is currently in his fourth NHL campaign.

Both players’ squads made the playoffs this past season, with Ngata’s Lions falling to the Seahawks in the NFC wild card game, while Mattaa’s Penguins are still playing hockey. The Pens are in the Eastern Conference finals, squaring off against Canada’s lone representative still alive, the Ottawa Senators.

Jesse's Playbook: Olli Maatta versus Haloti Ngata

Opinion May 18, 2017 by Jesse Ferguson Brant News

The difference between Olli Maatta and Haloti Ngata? Well, not a lot … phonetically speaking. Maatta is “O-lee mah-ta,” while Ngata is “Hal-lo-tee nah-ta.”  

If not quite the same, they at least rhyme.

They have some professional similarities, too. 

Maatta is of NHL fame for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ngata is of NFL fame, currently, for the Detroit Lions. They are both champions. Ngata has a Super Bowl ring earned with the Baltimore Ravens, while Maatta has a Stanley Cup to his credit in 2016 for the Penguins.

Even positionally, both of these professional athletes play defence. Maatta is a blueliner, while Ngata is a defensive tackle. Incidentally, both were drafted inside the first round of their respective leagues, Maatta at 22nd overall and Ngata going 12th.

Even their height is almost the same. Maatta is six-foot-three, while Ngata stands six-foot-four. Both have also experienced shoulder injuries that have cost them games in the pinnacle of their sport’s leagues.

However, that may be where the similarities end. It’s going to be very hard to confuse one for the other.

Maatta weighs in at 206 pounds, whereas Ngata tops the scale at 340 pounds. The other easily-recognizable element is that Maatta is Scandinavian, from Finland. On the other hand, Ngata is from Inglewood, California, and is of Tongan descent.

They are both active players in their leagues, though Ngata is presumably at the end of his career. The NFL Players’ Association claims an NFL career averages 3.5 seasons; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said it’s about nine years for first-round picks; while Bleacher Report measures a defensive tackle’s career duration at about seven years. Ngata is entering his 11th season. 

Meanwhile, Mattaa is currently in his fourth NHL campaign.

Both players’ squads made the playoffs this past season, with Ngata’s Lions falling to the Seahawks in the NFC wild card game, while Mattaa’s Penguins are still playing hockey. The Pens are in the Eastern Conference finals, squaring off against Canada’s lone representative still alive, the Ottawa Senators.

Jesse's Playbook: Olli Maatta versus Haloti Ngata

Opinion May 18, 2017 by Jesse Ferguson Brant News

The difference between Olli Maatta and Haloti Ngata? Well, not a lot … phonetically speaking. Maatta is “O-lee mah-ta,” while Ngata is “Hal-lo-tee nah-ta.”  

If not quite the same, they at least rhyme.

They have some professional similarities, too. 

Maatta is of NHL fame for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ngata is of NFL fame, currently, for the Detroit Lions. They are both champions. Ngata has a Super Bowl ring earned with the Baltimore Ravens, while Maatta has a Stanley Cup to his credit in 2016 for the Penguins.

Even positionally, both of these professional athletes play defence. Maatta is a blueliner, while Ngata is a defensive tackle. Incidentally, both were drafted inside the first round of their respective leagues, Maatta at 22nd overall and Ngata going 12th.

Even their height is almost the same. Maatta is six-foot-three, while Ngata stands six-foot-four. Both have also experienced shoulder injuries that have cost them games in the pinnacle of their sport’s leagues.

However, that may be where the similarities end. It’s going to be very hard to confuse one for the other.

Maatta weighs in at 206 pounds, whereas Ngata tops the scale at 340 pounds. The other easily-recognizable element is that Maatta is Scandinavian, from Finland. On the other hand, Ngata is from Inglewood, California, and is of Tongan descent.

They are both active players in their leagues, though Ngata is presumably at the end of his career. The NFL Players’ Association claims an NFL career averages 3.5 seasons; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said it’s about nine years for first-round picks; while Bleacher Report measures a defensive tackle’s career duration at about seven years. Ngata is entering his 11th season. 

Meanwhile, Mattaa is currently in his fourth NHL campaign.

Both players’ squads made the playoffs this past season, with Ngata’s Lions falling to the Seahawks in the NFC wild card game, while Mattaa’s Penguins are still playing hockey. The Pens are in the Eastern Conference finals, squaring off against Canada’s lone representative still alive, the Ottawa Senators.