Born in 1987, Maualuga played football in high school in Eureka, California. The linebacker led the team to a 13-0 record his junior year as he amassed an incredible 43 tackles for a loss. Maualuga followed up that season with an equally impressive senior campaign in which he recorded numerous awards, among them being a Rivals.com First-Team All-American.
After committing to USC, Maualuga joined one of the most prolific linebacker factories in the country and made an immediate impact as a Freshman All-American. He continued his great success and was considered to be one the best linebackers in the 2008 draft, but decided to stay one more year at USC.
In that senior season he won the Chuck Bednarik Award registering 79 total tackles, 51 solo tackles, two interceptions, and a touchdown. The linebacker anchored the defense that won a Rose Bowl and finished tied for fifth in the BCS standings.
Even though he fell to the second round to the Bengals, Maualuga has achieved success in the NFL and recently signed a two-year, $6.5 million extension.