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Steelers select Alameda Ta’amu in fourth round

 2012 NFL DRAFT - Steelers Third Round SelectionALAMEDA TA’AMUDefensive TackleUniversity of Washington Huskies6:02.4-348Kent, WashingtonRainier Beach High School4th Round – 109 OverallCAREER NOTESS...

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David DeCastro, Alameda Ta’amu Fast, Powerful Friends Long Before Being Drafted By Pittsburgh

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There are many reasons why rookies in the NFL may struggle in adapting to the pro version of the game. One of which is a lack of familiarity of the people with whom they're doing battle on the field.

Steelers first round pick, OG David DeCastro and fourth round pick, NT Alameda Ta'amu, may not have to worry about that as much. They have a history of competing against each other dating back to high school.

DeCastro and Ta'amu both attended high school in the Seattle area (DeCastro at Bellevue High School and Ta'amu from Rainier Beach), and were roommates together at a high school all-star football game in California back in 2007.

When the two made their college choices, DeCastro elected to attend Stanford due to its sterling academic reputation. Ta'amu stayed in-state, and played four years for the hometown Huskies.

The two squared off In 2009-11, with Stanford thrashing the Huskies all three times. The Cardinal rushed for 446 yards in their final meeting, a 65-21 thrashing of the visiting Huskies.

Per a Seattle Times article leading up to the game, the two appear to be respectful of each other, and still maintain a level of friendliness.

Of Ta'amu:

Whatever happens, Ta'amu says he'll warmly shake DeCastro's hand afterward. "That's my boy right there," he said this week.

And DeCastro:

"He's a great guy," DeCastro said of Ta'amu.

The familiarity they share with each other will serve them well as they compete against each other, hopefully for the Steelers, for a very long time.



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Alameda Ta’amu is Pittsburgh Steelers’ 4th Pick in 2012 NFL Draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers continued to upgrade their defense in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and selected defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu out of the University of Washington.
The Steelers’ front office traded their sixth-round pick to the Washington Redskins, then traded the pick in the fourth round with the Redskins to move up to 109th overall, and selected Ta’amu.
Ta’amu was an All-Pac 12 Conference honorable mention in 2010 and 2011, and anchored the Huskies’ defensive line.
Some draft experts predicted earlier in the offseason that Ta’amu would be a second-round pick. I also thought that Ta’amu was going to be taken in the second round, and predicted that the Steelers would have been the ones to do so.
When asked by reporters from the Steelers’ official website about becoming a Pittsburgh Steeler, Ta’amu responded, “Good, I’m feeling good. I’m excited. I’m glad I’m playing in Pittsburgh, and get to play with somebody like Casey Hampton.”
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