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Ta’amu returns, working on getting better

Posted by Teresa Varley on October 31, 2012 – 4:48 pm


Rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu is back on the active roster, following being reinstated on Monday and the team making room for him by waving safety Damon Cromartie-Smith on Wednesday.

Ta’amu spoke for the first time since he was arrested on Pittsburgh’s South Side for an incident he still faces multiple counts on.  

“It was just a big mistake,” said Ta’amu. “It was the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my life. It won’t happen again. It was a bad night. I let a lot of people down, my family, fans and especially my teammates. I have to keep moving forward and keep getting better.

“I am trying my best to keep moving forward and getting better. I have to do everything the coaches and Rooneys want me to do and take it step by step.”

Ta’amu could not speak about the incident, but admitted he did fear losing his job because of it, and would have understood.

“I was scared, but it’s good to know everybody here is behind me and it was a mistake,” said Ta’amu. “Either way it would have been a life lesson. I am still here, I am learning. I want to get better.

“It was rough. I was embarrassed to call my family. It was just out of my character to do something like that. I just promise that it won’t happen again.”

Ta’amu said he is thankful to his teammates who have supported him through all of it.

“The veterans and all have had my back,” said Ta’amu. “The guys my age are like my brothers. We are brothers in here. They have my back. They tell me to keep my head up and move on with this.”


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6 Responses to “Ta’amu returns, working on getting better”

  1. By #1 Steelers Fan on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    I’m glad the Steelers gave Alameda a second chance. He is a good kid from a good family. He made a bad mistake. Unfortunately being part of the human race means that we’ve each made bad mistakes in our lives. Thank the Good LORD for forgiveness. For the haters out there, let the one without sin cast the first stone.

    The Rooneys, Kevin Colbert, and Mike Tomlin once again show they are the class of the league. Alameda will be a better man for learning from this mistake.

  2. By luis quinones from mexico on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    HELLO MEN

    NOW YOU KNOW THE MISTAKE, EVERY BODE MAKE MISTAKES NOW FOR YOU AND DE STELERS FANS GOTO FOTBALL FIELD AN BE A GREAT PLAYER, HONORED THE STEELER TRADITION

  3. By paul miller on Oct 31, 2012 | Reply

    You’re lucky to still be a Steeler, now take advantage of the opportunity and play as well as the number one rated nose tackle in the draft!

  4. By BMeade on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Welcome back and behave.

  5. By Taylor on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    Glad the Rooney’s and Steeler orginazation are giving him a second chance. Hope this only makes him a greater man/ player.

    Who’s house? DAWGS HOUSE!!! WOOF WOOF

  6. By Spank on Nov 1, 2012 | Reply

    You made a mistake and were given a second chance that many will never get a first chance at. Please prove yourself worthy.
    The Steeler Nation has pride in its team’s work ethic and integrity.
    Long live Jerome Bettis

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