Pro Career: Selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. Released on 11/12/12 and added to Steelers practice squad on 11/14/12. Promoted to active roster on 12/28/12. Released by Pittsburgh on 8/31/13 and claimed off waivers by Cardinals on 9/1/13. Re-signed with the Cardinals on 3/6/14, agreeing to a one-year contract as an exclusive rights free agent.
2013: After being claimed off waivers from the Steelers on 9/1, played in 14 games with three starts while rotating at NT with Dan Williams … totaled 13 tackles, including three for loss, and added two QB pressures and a QB hit … inactive @ StL (9/8) and vs. Det (9/15) … made his NFL and Cardinals debut @ NO (9/22); started at NT in place of Dan Williams, who missed the game after the death of his father in an auto accident; recorded a season-high three tackles, including one for loss … with Dan Williams absent for a second straight game, started at NT and had two solo tackles, including one for loss @ TB (9/29) … started for the third consecutive game at NT and posted one tackle, two QB pressures and a QB hit vs. Car (10/6) … assisted on one tackle @ SF (10/13) … recorded two tackles vs. Sea (10/17) … saw action on defense in the next four games … had a career-high three solo tackles @ Phi (12/1) … collected one tackle for loss vs. StL (12/8) … saw action on defense and special teams @ Ten (12/15); also served as a fullback for two plays on offense … saw action on defense and special teams and played as an eligible blocker on 4th-n-goal TD pass to Jake Ballard in second quarter vs. SF (12/29); left the game with a knee injury in the second quarter.
2012: Did not see game action as a rookie … inactive for first five games … placed on reserve/suspended list on 10/16 and served two-game team suspension … inactive @ NYG (11/4) … released on 11/12 and signed to practice squad on 11/14 … promoted to active roster on 12/29 … inactive in season finale vs. Cle (12/30).
College: Started 42 of 50 games at defensive tackle for Washington … totaled 109 tackles (57 solo), 7.5 sacks, and 16.5 tackles for loss … helped Huskies appear in consecutive bowl games for first time since 2001-02 … earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors as a senior in ’12, starting all 13 games and recording 30 tackles … also set career highs with 3.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss … served as a team captain … won team’s L. Wait Rising Defensive Lineman of the Year Award for second straight season … was honorable mention all-conference as a junior after registering a career-best 39 tackles with 1.5 sacks and five tackles for loss … named team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year … helped Washington earn first bowl victory since 2001 with 19-7 victory over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl … started 11 games in ’09 and had 19 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss … was one of 12 true freshmen to play for the Huskies in ’08 as he appeared in all 12 games and started the last five … totaled 21 tackles.
Personal: Name is pronounced al-uh-MEE-duh tah-AH-moo … attended Rainier Beach (Seattle, WA) High School where he was rated the state’s third overall prospect by Scout.com … played on both the offensive and defensive lines and was ranked among the top 15 offensive guard prospects in the nation by Rivals.com and Scout.com … selected as a Parade All-American and played in the Offense-Defense All-America Game at the Orange Bowl in Miami … honored as the Metro League’s Sound Division Player of the Year as a senior and was named Sound Division Lineman of the Year for the third straight season … recorded 58 tackles and 10 sacks in ’07 … was first-team All-State on offense and honorable mention on defense as a junior … earned first-team all-league honors on both offense and defense as a sophomore … also competed in basketball and track and field … was Metro League champion and finished third in the state in the shot put during his junior year … majored in General Studies.
Defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu sees his first action of the 2014 season as he practices for the first time at University of Phoenix Stadium.