The New York Jets announced today they have signed defensive lineman Kimo von Oelhoffen. The announcement was made by Jetsâ€™ General Manager Mike Tannenbaum.
â€œWe identified Kimo as a tough, smart, physical, versatile player who contributed to a Super Bowl winner,â€? said Head Coach Eric Mangini. â€œAfter meeting with him, we realized he is a good fit in the defensive techniques we are installing and believe heâ€™ll demonstrate his commitment with hard work and leadership on the field.â€?
Von Oelhoffen, 35, joins the Jets after winning a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005. In twelve seasons he has played in 175 regular-season games, with 130 as a starter. He recorded 367 tackles, 25.5 sacks, seven fumbles recovered, and forced three more fumbles. He has made 10 postseason starts and recorded 20 tackles and two sacks. In 2003, he enjoyed his best statistical season when he recorded 40 tackles, eight sacks and recovered one fumble.
He joined the Steelers in 2000 after spending six seasons as a member of the Cincinnati Bengalsâ€™ organization, who selected him out of Boise State in the sixth round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He began his collegiate career at the University of Hawaii in 1990 before transferring to Walla Walla ( Wash.) J.C. in 1991 and finally joining Boise State in 1992.
â€œAfter winning a Super Bowl almost two months ago, it is time for me to start a new chapter in my football life,â€? said von Oelhoffen. â€œAfter meeting with coach Mangini and hearing his thoughts on defense, and the teamâ€™s goals, I am excited about joining the Jets. I look forward to building the chemistry that is necessary with my teammates to be successful and win games in this league.â€?
Von Oelhoffen, 6-4, 299 lbs., is a native of Kaunakakai, Hawaii. He and his wife, Tondi have three children.