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Posted on Thu, May 26, 2011 : 5:57 a.m.

Catching Up With ... former Michigan tight end Jerame Tuman

By Michael Rothstein

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Jerame Tuman played in two Super Bowls, won one with the Pittsburgh Steelers and married a Team USA national volleyball player who happened to be the sister of his college quarterback, Scott Dreisbach.

Now retired from football, Tuman has settled in suburban Pittsburgh, where he has four children and has been helping run a training facility for two years.

At Michigan, the former tight end won a national championship in 1997 and caught 98 passes for 1,279 yards and 13 touchdowns during his four-year career (1994-98).

Tuman was in town recently for the Griese/Hutchinson/Woodson charity event, and caught up with him.

Q: What have you been up to the past few years?

Jerame Tuman: “Over the last two years, we opened up a training facility (R.A.W. Training) north of Pittsburgh where we live, and my wife (Molly Tuman) and I have been running that for about two years now."


Jerame Tuman picks up a first down during a 29-17 win over Michigan State in 1998.

File photo

Q: Why did you decide to do that?

JT: “Well, we actually started doing ... CrossFit workouts themselves and really enjoyed them and wanted to open our own place. We got involved with another lady who was in the personal training business, and she brought me on board and we got started from there.”

Q: How has it been going so far?

JT: “It’s going really good. I train a lot of high school and college football guys and, yeah, it’s going good. Local guys.”

Q: Are you waiting for that first big name?

JT: “I have a kid from Pittsburgh that plays at Penn State, but I’m definitely not advertising myself and making a killing on it. I do it because I enjoy it and do it for fun.”

Q: What else is going on?

JT: “Other than that, we have four kids. All of my kids are old enough now to where they are in sports. The past two years I’ve coached my son’s football team and I’m at every one of my kid’s practices, every one of their games. That pretty much does it. Between our gym and our family, that’s about all that I have time for.”

Q: What are you like as a football coach?

JT: “I’d like to think I am pretty good. I love working with the kids and feel like I have a little bit to offer to them. We did really well, the kids enjoyed it and had a good time and it was fun. It was fun to get a little taste of coaching, made me think if I wanted to do a little bit more.”

Q: Do you want to?

JT: “I would love to, absolutely love to. I’ve always thought about getting into coaching. It’s just the time commitment that they put in on the college level, the pro level, is so intense.”

Q: Is that the level you want, not high school?

JT: “Yeah. I’d love to coach in college. It’s just being on the road recruiting and everything, it’d be tough to be with the family.”

Q: With the CrossFit, did you think you’d always do that?

JT: “You know what, going back to the area of coaching, I also wanted to be a strength and conditioning coach. I always enjoyed that part of exercise and working out for football. It was something I felt I knew a lot about and it just carried over and an opportunity presented itself to do this and we did it. And my wife is an athlete as well, a college athlete, played on the Olympic volleyball team. We both have backgrounds in training and fitness, so it seemed natural we’d move into that area.”

Q: So who is the better athlete?

JT: “Ahhh, you know what, it depends who you ask, I guess. Our kids are the blessed ones. Hopefully they get the good parts of each one, not just the bad ones. But she’s a great athlete.”

Michael Rothstein covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by email at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein.



Thu, May 26, 2011 : 6:06 p.m.

Hey Blu n Tpa, I also loved that play to the TE, I've missed it a lot, I'm glad that position is gonna be featured more again, I can't wait. Thanks Jerame for the great years you put in for U-M, Make sure that your stud athlete kids consider U-M for their college choice, Lol!


Thu, May 26, 2011 : 3:36 p.m.

I think the correct answer is "Molly is the better athlete." A happy wife makes for a happy home.


Thu, May 26, 2011 : 3:30 p.m.

Tuman and Shea were great to watch. I can't wait to see the tight end utilized again. Was Tuman a quarterback in High School?

Blu n Tpa

Thu, May 26, 2011 : 12:34 p.m.

One of my favorite players from the '97 team. That little tight end drag across the middle with Greise doing a naked bootleg usually put JT one-on-one with a linebacker in space. The problem for the defense was that with an effective running game, hopefully coming to you again at Michigan, it couldn't cheat to double up on the TE. With the return of the a running game and using the tight ends effectively, DRob should become a more well-rounded QB and a healthier one, too. That works for me. TiM Go Blue!

David Vande Bunte

Thu, May 26, 2011 : 7:40 p.m.

I remember me and my brother calling out that exact play every game just by looking at the formation...we knew it was coming, the defense knew it was coming, but it WORKED.