By Stephen Tsai
Ed Ta‘amu is not expected to return to the Rainbow Warriors as an offensive intern.
It is a family-based decision. Ta‘amu's fiancee and his young son live in California.
Ta‘amu assisted offensive line coach Chris Naeole the past year, helping prepare scouting reports and tutoring players. This past May, Ta‘amu, who was certified to recruit, and Naeole visited American Samoa. Tafuna High offensive lineman Eperone Moananu made an oral commitment to UH during that recruiting trip.
Ta‘amu is a 1997 Iolani School graduate. He was a two-year starter at Utah. The Minnesota Vikings selected Ta‘amu in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL draft. Knee injuries cut short his NFL career with the Vikings and Houston Texans. Later, he played in the Arena Football League and AF2.