Ed Taʻamu

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Ed Taʻamu
Free agent
Position: Offensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-11-08) November 8, 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 380 lb (172 kg)
Career information
High school: Honolulu (HI) ʻIolani
College: Utah
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 4 / Pick: 132
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Ed Ta'amu (born November 8, 1979) is a arena football offensive lineman who is currently a free agent. He was originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round (132nd overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Utah.

Ta'amu played for the Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Spokane Shock and Kansas City Brigade.

As a rookie in the National Football League in 2002, he was one of 28 Samoan players in the league.[4] As well, as of October 4, 2008, he was one of 16 Polynesian players in the Arena Football League.[5]

High school career[edit]

Ta'amu attended Iolani School where he was an All-America Honorable Menchin as a senior in 1997.

College career[edit]

Ta'amu attended the University of Utah, where he was a two-year starter. Ta'amu was an academic non-qualifier in 1997, meaning he did not have the grades to play football. He joined the team in 1998, as a backup defensive end, as well as backup long snapper.[6] On the season, he recorded three tackles. In 1999, he was a backup defensive tackle, a position where he did not receive much playing time, so in turn, he was switched to offensive line. In 2000, he started all but one game.

Career summary[edit]

Ta'amu was a two-time All-Mountain West Conference selection. He recorded 123 knockdowns blocks, including a school record 25 against Brigham Young during his senior season.[7]

Ta'amu was graded at 86.8% for blocking consistency and played in 20 of 26 games during his final two seasons. He also set new school weight room records with a 625-pound squat and 412-pound hang clean.[8] As a senior, he also bench pressed 455 pounds.[8] He was also selected to the All-Mountain West Conference Second-team, as well as a First-team selection by the Las Vegas Review Journal and Collegefootballnews.com.[8]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft[edit]

Ta'amu received an invitation to the 2002 NFL Scouting Combine.[9] He was rated as the sixth best guard out of 43.[9] He was projected to be drafted in the third to fourth round of the draft.[9]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 34 in 335 lb 5.30 s 1.83 s 3.04 s 29 in 28 reps
All values from NFL Combine[10]

National Football League[edit]

Ta'amu was selected in the fourth round (132nd overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings on April 21,[11] and was signed on July 17.[11] However, he suffered a knee injury and was waived by the team on September 2, 2002.[11][12] The next day, he was signed to the Vikings practice squad.[11] Then on October 16, he was placed on the practice squad's injured reserve, ending his season.[11] He was then signed by the Houston Texans on January 8.[13] He was later placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on July 25.[13] He was then waived by the Texans on September 2, 2003.[13]

af2[edit]

He spent the next two years rehabbing his knee before being able to compete in a full season of professional football for the Spokane Shock of af2, in 2006. He played alongside future Kansas City Brigade teammates Charles Frederick, Jerome Stevens, Chris Cook, and Neil Purvis. That season, the Shock won ArenaCup III.

Arena Football League[edit]

On January 5, 2007 Ta'amu signed with the Kansas City Brigade of the Arena Football League. However, when the AFL folded, he became a free agent and now plays for the Spokane Shock

Kansas City Brigade[edit]

As a rookie in 2007, he began the season on injured reserve. He then started the final four games of the season, including the first ever playoff game in franchise history. In 2008, he recorded three tackles. After the season, he was released by the Brigade.[14]

Spokane Shock[edit]

After a year of waiting, the AFL was reformed and when the Spokane Shock became part of the revamped AFL, Ta'amu was once again signed by Spokane in the off season and is on the active roster.

Personal life[edit]

In 2002, Ta'amu was one of 28 Samoan players in the National Football League,[4] the most notable being Tiaina "Junior" Seau.[4] As of October 4, 2008, Ta'amu was one of 16 Polynesian players in the Arena Football League.[5]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Ute Football Team's 2000 Season Comes To A Close". UtahUtes.CSTV.com. University of Utah. 2000-11-28. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  2. ^ "1999 Results". UtahUtes.CSTV.com. University of Utah. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  3. ^ "Utes Winners In Vegas!". 2001-12-25. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  4. ^ a b c "Samoan football players in the NFL". ESPN.com. ESPN. 2002-05-28. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  5. ^ a b Markham, Makani. "AIGA Foundation Polynesian Football News and Notes". Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  6. ^ "Weekly Football Release". UtahUtes.CSTV.com. University of Utah. 1998-09-21. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  7. ^ "Utah Football Team Best In Nation In Sacks Allowed". UtahUtes.CSTV.com. University of Utah. 2002-01-15. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  8. ^ a b c "Redskins Draft Russell In Third Round, Vikings Take Ta'amu In Fourth". UtahUtes.CSTV.com. University of Utah. 2002-04-22. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  9. ^ a b c "Ed Taamu, DS #6 OG, Utah". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  10. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=60107&draftyear=2002&genpos=OG
  11. ^ a b c d e "Vikings: Roster Moves". Vikings.com. Minnesota Vikings. Archived from the original on December 11, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  12. ^ "Minnesota Vikings Transactions - 2002". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  13. ^ a b c "2003 Transactions". HoustonTexans.com. Houston Texans. Archived from the original on April 4, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  14. ^ "2009 AFL Free Agency - A complete list of 2009 AFL free agents and their 2008 teams: KANSAS CITY BRIGADE". KCBrigade.com. Arena Football League. 2008-10-06. Archived from the original on 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 

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