EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who announced earlier this month that he is leaving school early to enter the NFL draft, has lost his mother to a kidney ailment.
Olga Ngata, 44, died Friday in a Phoenix, Ariz., hospital where
she was undergoing dialysis. She apparently had cardiac arrest
during the treatment, the university said in a statement.
Ngata, a junior listed at 6-foot-5, 338 pounds, was a first-team
All-America selection this season. He said financial concerns and
his mother's poor health led him to the decision to enter the
"I just want to help my family out," Ngata said at the time.
"My mom's going to be in and out of the hospital."
Ngata's father, Solomone, was killed in a truck accident in
Ngata had three sacks and nine tackles for loss this season. He
ranked sixth on the Ducks in total tackles with 61, including 32
unassisted. He made a season-high 11 tackles against California.
Oregon went 10-2 this season, with a regular-season loss to
Southern California and a 17-14 loss to Oklahoma in the Holiday
Bowl. The Ducks finished ranked No. 12.