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Former Bengal Jonathan Fanene is appointed to the American Samoa cabinet

The former Cincinnati defensive end is doing big things back home.

Dilip Vishwanat

For Bengals fans that have been wondering what Jonathan Fanene has been up to over the past several years, the Miami Herald recently shed some light on his professional endeavors.

The former Cincinnati defensive end has been appointed to lead the American Samoa Department of Youth and Women's Affairs. The 31-year old would be the youngest cabinet director of American Samoa's territorial government. The nomination has yet to be confirmed by the legislature, but Fanene seems eager to begin fulfilling his responsibilities saying, ""I appreciate the opportunity the governor gave me and if it's confirmed then I'll do my best to do my job."

Fanene played for the Bengals for seven years after being drafted in the seventh round in 2005. He eventually signed with the New England Patriots in 2012. He was released before the 2012 regular season began after missing 13 consecutive practices during training camp because of a knee injury. He worked out for the Tennessee Titans without ever being signed to the team.

It's been awhile since his name has surfaced in the media. Fortunately, the latest news on Fanene is good news. It appears as though he's getting involved in his community with hopes of making a difference. It was reported that Fanene moved back to American Samoa last month with his wife and their two children following the passing of his father.