Tyson Alualu feels fortunate he tested positive for COVID-19 when he did

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COVID-19 got in the way of Tyson Alualu returning to the Jaguars. He and the Steelers are grateful for the way it worked out.

The defensive lineman, a first-round choice of the Jaguars in 2010 who spent seven seasons in Jacksonville, agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract with his former team in March. But before he could catch his flight to Jacksonville to make the deal official, Alualu tested positive for the coronavirus.

His Steelers teammates and coaches convinced him to stay.

He will make less, having signed a two-year, $5.5 million deal to remain with the Steelers. But Alualu couldn’t be happier.

“It was a little stressful during that time just because we knew we wanted to stay in Pittsburgh,” Alualu said, via Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We weren’t reaching an agreement. We felt like it was a better option to go there to get more money and go back to Jacksonville and where it started for us.

“Fortunately, it didn’t work that way. I got COVID and got to think about wanting to stay in Pittsburgh. It was nothing Jacksonville did to change my mind. I wanted to be here in Pittsburgh and things just kind of worked out. I’m still grateful that Jacksonville came after me. There were a lot of emotions that played into it. I have personal relationships with people in Jacksonville and I kind of hurt them in that process. But I’m just grateful that I’m still a Steeler and doing what I love in a place that I love, too.”

The Steelers lost Bud Dupree, Mike Hilton and Steven Nelson off their defense, so keeping Alualu and re-signing Vince Williams lessened the blow.

In four seasons with the Steelers, Alualu has 62 games played, 22 starts, 140 tackles, seven sacks and eight pass breakups.

6 responses to “Tyson Alualu feels fortunate he tested positive for COVID-19 when he did

  1. Pittsburgh is going down hill as Ben approaches the age required to collect Social Security. As long as your comfortable to continue to loose games like the Steelers did last season, more power to you.

  2. Been in Jax for years…dude was overdrafted at #9 or #10 in 1st round I believe..but thats not his fault. Our GM at time was Gene Smith who had a habit of turning the draft into a “Im gonna show everyone how smart I am by reaching for guys that turn out”.

    Dude has great hands fighting off blocks..hurt his knee and it definitely affected him. Dude can play. I was hoping he came back but I am glad hes still in league making $$ and happy.
    Good for you my man..and I love saying “Alualu” haha

  3. Always liked you Tyson and wanted you back, but you can genuinely enjoy Pittsburg. Please spread the word to any and all wanting to relocate to FL. It’s awful and we have the worst Govna ever. Please spread the word along with all you reading this. Stay out of FL, especially Jax because it is the absolute worst and please enjoy your amazing and thriving neighborhoods and corresponding states. Thanks again in advance all.

  4. I don’t know which team will have the better record next year – Jacksonville or Pittsburgh. I don’t know if Alualu made the right decision by returning to the Steelers. The only thing I know for sure is that he was a 1st round bust, and probably should be happy to be playing anywhere for anyone.

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