Ta’amu returns, working on getting better

October 31, 2012 by Teresa Varley

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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