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In the 2012 draft, the Steelers thought they had found Casey Hampton's heir in Alameda Ta'amu. Instead, Ta'amu quickly became the next public relations' disaster. Last October, Pittsburgh police charged him with DUI, resisting arrest and fleeing in a vehicle. He pleaded guilty to the DUI and was given probation.
Unfortunately, Ta'amu "celebrated" his good fortune by retweeting an old photo of him driving while his friend held a bottle of whiskey. Hopefully, he has gotten stupid decision-making out of his system and is ready to grow up.
Right now, Steve McLendon is the presumptive starting nose tackle, but not much is behind him. If Ta'amu can rise from the ashes and just make the team, that would be huge. It would give the Steelers much-needed depth at the position. And maybe, just maybe, Ta'amu will eventually develop into a starter.
That's a tall order. But sports fans love second chances, and Ta'amu's continues May 21.