When rookie Alameda Ta'amu was trying to get from the Pittsburgh Steelers camp at St. Vincent College to the local Wal-Mart, the veterans told him to walk. After all, they assured him, the store was only one mile away from camp.
As it turns out, the walk was about three times that distance.
During the trek to and from the Wal-Mart in hilly southwestern Pennsylvania, Ta'amu hurt his foot. At first he thought it was more serious, but it turns out it was only sore. Still, the injury held Ta'amu, who is listed at 6-3 and 348 pounds, out for the first two days of training camp.
"I don't know what happened," Ta'amu said. "I thought I broke my foot... but it's all good."
The positive news here is that Ta'amu, a defensive tackle from Washington drafted in the fourth round, is back on the field and reportedly playing well. It's safe to say that next time he needs to go to Wal-Mart, he'll get a ride.
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