Current Tampa Bay Buccaneer guard Ali Marpet, a 2015 graduate of Hobart College, was among the key community leaders who came together on June 6 to discuss racism, police brutality and solutions to racial injustice. The economics major was one of four Buccaneers invited to join community leaders at the Safe & Sound Hillsborough’s Moving Forward Community Discussion and Planning Forum in Tampa.
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Marpet helped lead a small group conversation with the Tampa mayor, two community leaders and a local business owner. The dialogue was intended to gain perspectives and foster conversations focused on solutions.
“It’s such a multi-faceted issue and there are a lot of different ways to tackle it,” Marpet said. “There’s certainly a macro approach with policy change and laws being passed, and then from a micro-perspective, where you’re engaged with members of the community in more of a grassroots way.”
Marpet sits on the Buccaneer Social Justice Board, a leadership committee for the team’s Social Justice Program. Founded two years ago, the program’s goal is to enact meaningful change in the Tampa Bay community with regards to police relations, criminal justice reform, racial equality, workforce development and youth empowerment while supporting the larger, league-wide effort toward social justice.
A veteran of five NFL seasons, 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 starter since Day 1 in Tampa, Marpet has played in every game in each of the past two seasons. 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.
Marpet’s on-field success earned him an invitation to the Reese’s Senior Bowl. He wowed the scouts with his work in practice and in the game and earned an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine. Marpet continued to drive his draft stock up by posting the fastest 40-yard dash of any offensive line, while logging the second fastest three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle run. He was fifth in the bench press and eighth in the broad jump.