A return to the NFL is unlikely. Ma’ake has reached out to Cleveland Browns linebacker Paul Kruger, who plays in the league with one kidney, but the brothers want to spend time with family and friends in Hawaii. Chris spent eight years in the NFL and Ma’ake played for 10, and they have businesses and foundations to tend to.
As if the family wasn’t close enough — while the brothers were preparing for surgery, they said different siblings would come from Hawaii to stay with them and cook and clean the house — they say ‘I love you’ more these days.
“We were raised in a tough atmosphere,” Ma’ake said. “But after this, I think we say it.”
Then he turned to his brother Chris and said, “I love you man.”
Ma'ake was never fully appreciated until he was gone. Glad he found success in Baltimore.