Ed Taʻamu
Ta'amu while with the Spokane Shock in 2010
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Offensive line
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-11-08) November 8, 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
High School: Honolulu (HI) Iolani
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 380 lb (172 kg)
Career information
College: Utah
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 4 / Pick: 132
Debuted in 2006 for the Spokane Shock
Career history
* Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Ed Ta'amu (born November 8, 1979) is an 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 has played for the Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Spokane Shock (af2) 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 | edit source]

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

College career[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Pre-draft[edit | edit source]

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 measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 ¾ in 335 lb 5.30 s 1.83 s 3.04 s 29 in 28 reps

National Football League[edit | edit source]

Ta'amu was selected in the fourth round (132nd overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings on April 21,[10] and was signed on July 17.[10] However, he suffered a knee injury and was waived by the team on September 2, 2002.[10][11] The next day, he was signed to the Vikings practice squad.[10] Then on October 16, he was placed on the practice squad's injured reserve, ending his season.[10] He was then signed by the Houston Texans on January 8.[12] He was later placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on July 25.[12] He was then waived by the Texans on September 2, 2003.[12]

af2[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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.[13]

Spokane Shock[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Ute Football Team's 2000 Season Comes To A Close". UtahUtes.CSTV.com. University of Utah. 2000-11-28. http://utahutes.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/112800aaa.html. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  2. "1999 Results". UtahUtes.CSTV.com. University of Utah. http://utahutes.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/062600aab.html. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  3. "Utes Winners In Vegas!". 2001-12-25. http://utahutes.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/010202aaa.html. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Samoan football players in the NFL". ESPN.com. ESPN. 2002-05-28. http://espn.go.com/gen/s/2002/0528/1387810.html. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Markham, Makani. "AIGA Foundation Polynesian Football News and Notes". http://aigafoundation.blogspot.com/. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  6. "Weekly Football Release". UtahUtes.CSTV.com. University of Utah. 1998-09-21. http://utahutes.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/092298aaa.html. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  7. "Utah Football Team Best In Nation In Sacks Allowed". UtahUtes.CSTV.com. University of Utah. 2002-01-15. http://utahutes.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/011502aaa.html. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Redskins Draft Russell In Third Round, Vikings Take Ta'amu In Fourth". UtahUtes.CSTV.com. University of Utah. 2002-04-22. http://utahutes.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/042202aaa.html. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Ed Taamu, DS #6 OG, Utah". NFLDraftScout.com. http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=60107&draftyear=2002&genpos=OG. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 "Vikings: Roster Moves". Vikings.com. Minnesota Vikings. http://www.vikings.com/TeamRosterMoves.aspx. Retrieved 2008-10-22.[dead link]
  11. "Minnesota Vikings Transactions - 2002". ESPN.com. ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/teams/transactions?team=min&year=2002. Retrieved 2008-10-22.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "2003 Transactions". HoustonTexans.com. Houston Texans. http://www.houstontexans.com/news/transactions2003.asp. Retrieved 2008-10-22.[dead link]
  13. "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. http://www.kcbrigade.com/viewstory.cfm?id=242. Retrieved 2008-10-22.[dead link]

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