New York Post columnist Steve Serby included former Statesman and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer offensive line Ali Marpet ’15 in his story, “The 32 unsung heroes of 2020 NFL season.”
Now in his sixth year as a starter, Marpet helped the Bucs to a 26-14 win over Minnesota on Sunday, improving Tampa’s record to 8-5. He and his fellow linemen paved the way for over 300 yards of offense against the Vikings without allowing a sack.
Serby formed his list with feedback from CBS NFL analyst Charles Davis and NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger.
“He’s so unsung, it’s not unsung anymore. He’s just good,” Davis said.
Baldinger gave a tip of the cap to Hobart’s lacrosse program, while noting Marpet’s tenacity up front.
“Who comes out of Hobart unless they’re a lacrosse player?” Baldinger said. “I think guys that go up against him, know what kind of day they’re gonna have, they’re gonna have their hands full.”
Marpet was a second round draft pick of the Buccaneers in 2015. He was chosen 61st overall, the highest a Division III player has been taken in the NFL draft. A versatile offensive lineman, he has played at both left and right guard as well as center for the Bucs.
At Hobart, Marpet was a three-year starter at tackle, earning three straight All-Liberty League awards. He was twice named D3football.com All-East and was named to four separate All-America teams following his senior season. Marpet and his teammates won four consecutive Liberty League Championships, compiling a 41-5 overall record. He played in four straight NCAA playoffs, leading the Statesmen to the national quarterfinals in 2012 and 2014.
With three games remaining in the regular season, the Buccaneers are in second place in the NFC South, two games behind New Orleans. Tampa Bay’s three remaining games are at Atlanta, at Detroit and at home against Atlanta. The Falcons (4-9) have already been eliminated from playoff contention and the Lions (5-8) are on the cusp of elimination.
Click here to read the full NY Post story: https://nypost.com/2020/12/12/the-32-unsung-heroes-of-the-2020-nfl-season/
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