Mawae enters his second season with the Colts as assistant offensive line coach. He has five years of coaching experience, including two seasons in the NFL.
In 2021, the Indianapolis offense ranked second in rushing yards per game (149.4 avg.) and tied for ninth in points per game (26.5 avg.). The Colts tied for ninth in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed. For the first time since 2016, Indianapolis had a 1,000-yard rusher (Jonathan Taylor - 1,811 yards) and 1,000-yard receiver (Michael Pittman Jr. - 1,092 yards) in the same season. Guard Quenton Nelson was named Associated Press Second Team All-Pro. Nelson and center Ryan Kelly each earned Pro Bowl honors. It marked the first time the Colts have had at least two offensive linemen represented in three consecutive Pro Bowls since 1987-89 (center Ray Donaldson and tackle Chris Hinton).
Mawae assisted with a group that helped pave the way for Taylor to put together one of the best single-season performances by a running back in team history. Taylor led the NFL in scrimmage yards (2,171), rushing yards (1,811), rushing touchdowns (18), 100-yard rushing games (10) and first down runs (107). He finished tied for first in total touchdowns (20) and ranked second in the league in total points (120) by non-kickers. Taylor set franchise single-season records for rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and fewest carries to reach 1,000 rushing yards (173). He became the third player ever with a rushing touchdown in at least 11 consecutive games within a single season. Taylor also became the youngest player in NFL history with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards (2,171) and 20 scrimmage touchdowns (20) in a single season.
Prior to Indianapolis, Mawae served as an offensive analyst at Arizona State (2018-20). In 2020, he helped the Sun Devils offense rush for more than 200 yards in three games, and reach 70 points against Arizona, which was the second-most points in a single game in school history. In 2019, Mawae served as the interim tight ends coach for the Sun Bowl, which the team won 20-14 against Florida State. In 2018, he helped coach an offense that saw running back Eno Benjamin set the single-season school record in rushing yards with 1,642.
Mawae started his coaching career in 2016 with the Chicago Bears as an offensive assistant. He helped coach an offensive line that paved the way for running back Jordan Howard, who finished second in the NFL in rushing yards (1,313).
Mawae is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Over his 16-year playing career, he appeared in 241 games (238 starts) in his time with the Tennessee Titans (2006-09), New York Jets (1998-2005) and Seattle Seahawks (1994-97). Mawae was a seven-time Associated Press All-Pro (1998-2002, 2004, 2008) and was voted to eight Pro Bowls (2000-05, 2009-10). During his NFL tenure, he blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in 13 of his 16 seasons with five different running backs. Mawae was selected to the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s. His 238 starts ranked fifth among offensive linemen in NFL history.
Mawae finished his playing career with Tennessee from 2006-09, where he started 61 games and helped the offensive line only allow a single-season franchise record 12.0 sacks in 2008, which also tied for the fewest allowed by a team that season. In 2009, he was a part of an offensive line that blocked for Chris Johnson, who rushed for a league-high 2,006 yards. Mawae was selected as the team's Ed Block Courage Award winner for the 2009 season.
Mawae was named the 14th NFLPA president in 2008 and took over for Troy Vincent. He served in that role for four seasons and helped navigate the players through the 2011 NFL lockout.
From 1998-2005, Mawae started 118 games for the Jets and helped the team reach the 1998 AFC Championship Game. He was selected to the Pro Bowl six times and earned First Team All-Pro honors twice during his time in New York. Mawae was inducted in to the Jets' Ring of Honor in 2017.
Mawae started his NFL career with Seattle (1994-97) after being selected in the second round (36th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. He started 27 games at right guard during his first two seasons before moving exclusively to center. Mawae was selected to the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 1994.
Collegiately, Mawae appeared in 42 games (40 starts) at LSU (1989-93) and was a First Team All-SEC selection in 1991 and a Second Team All-SEC selection in 1992 and 1993.
Mawae attended Leesville (La.) High School and helped the team win the district championship in 1985, 1986 and 1987.
Mawae has supported the Children's Cup, which equips local churches to transform communities through child development. He also created the "First and Goal Challenge" to benefit the Child Life Program and Pediatric Services at Winthrop-University Hospital in New York to help ease the fear and anxiety of children who are hospitalized.
Mawae is married to his wife, Tracy, and the couple has a son, Kirkland, and a daughter, Abigail.
2016 Chicago Bears Offensive Assistant
2018-2020 Arizona State Offensive Analyst
2021-2022 Indianapolis Colts Assistant Offensive Line