Alex Cappa: Warrior

November 3rd, 2019

Respect. (Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.)

We won’t know until roughly 2:30 p.m. EST whether Bucs right guard Alex Cappa will be active today or perhaps start.

UPDATED: 2:40 p.m. Cappa will play.

But Cappa did not rule out playing last week when Joe spoke with him at One Buc Palace. Cappa is recovering from a broken left arm and the attitude that Bucs fans had for Cappa totally changed on that Sunday in New Orleans last month.

Prior to that game, Bucs fans were somewhat skeptical of Cappa, the pride of Division-II Humboldt State, which recently shuttered its football program. And up to that game, Cappa, despite being “violent” and “nasty” as NFL suits deemed him, was very much an unfinished product.

But in New Orleans, Cappa played and finished the game despite that broken arm in the second quarter. That is some Braveheart warrior type ish right there. And fans almost immediately embraced Cappa for having the sack to finish a game with such an injury that few humans could imagine doing.

Cappa, nice guy that he is (off the field), waved off these accolades when talking to Joe.

“I didn’t really think about it,” Cappa remembered of that game. “I was just playing football. When you are in it, you don’t really think about it.

“I’m not the guy going around town saying I am going to play with a bunch of injuries. But when you are in there … it’s adrenaline.”

The Bucs offensive line is starting to get a reputation for resiliency. Donovan Smith, despite playing the toughest position on the offensive line, has never missed a start in his career. He has started every game since he was a rookie.

And Ali Marpet, a left guard the past two seasons, has only missed five starts since the beginning of the 2017 season.

“It’s something we take pride in,” Marpet said of playing through pain.

No, the Bucs offensive line may not be the Cardinals or the Raiders of the 1970s. But as Bill Parcells famously said, “Your best ability is your availability.”

The Bucs have at least four guys who embody that.

As for Cappa possibly starting today, all he would say last week was, “I feel great.”

10 Responses to “Alex Cappa: Warrior”

  1. Wesley Says:

    Can’t believe the only game we have at 1 is titans at panthers wtf?

  2. tmaxcon Says:

    kudos youngman…. dude is showing incredible toughness hich is so un buc like… he will catch on soon glazers don’t care and he should not either….

  3. MadMax Says:

    Long haired white guy….a little tough a little crazy….yall know how we are lol

  4. Joe Says:

    Can’t believe the only game we have at 1 is titans at panthers wtf?

    This is why God invented NFL Sunday Ticket. 🙂

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Humbolt Tough!!!

  6. Colonel Angus Says:

    Looks like his right arm got chopped off in that picture.

  7. JP_09 Says:

    @Joe, Hoyer is a Fn’ back up. Winston has thrown how many Pick 6’s the season alone. Yes, if your starter is throwing multiple Pick 6’s, he will and should be held accountable for that.

  8. Sydney Says:

    …”Cardinals or the Raiders of the 1970s.”

    If you can find it, read the Cardinals infamous Guard Conrad Dobler’s book, “They Call Me Dirty.” He played on that great line with Dan Dierdorf in the 70’s. Dobler was a character and a wild man and that era on and off the field will never be seen again. =)

  9. tmaxcon Says:

    Joe Says:
    November 3rd, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Can’t believe the only game we have at 1 is titans at panthers wtf?

    This is why God invented NFL Sunday Ticket.

    nah dude Al Gore thought up Sunday Ticket while inventing the internet….

  10. tmaxcon Says:

    Im disappointed i thought you would be more factual with fake history even in jest … ditching al is uncool