Extended Time At One Buc For Ali Marpet

July 1st, 2022

Retired Bucs guard Ali Marpet

This Ali Marpet nugget is sad, uplifting and intriguing all at the same time.

Bucs fans know well that Marpet retired largely because bulking up for the game left him with hypertension and sleep apnea, and he already had banked tens of millions and reached his professional goals.

Marpet, 29, looks like he has shed 60-plus pounds since his Pro Bowl appearance, and supposedly he’s prepping to return to college so he can get into the mental health field.

But today Joe learned Marpet may not have football out of his blood.

Rookie Bucs left guard Luke Goedeke was on WDAE radio and was asked about his phone call with Marpet soon after he was drafted. Goedeke acknolwedged the call but then dropped this gem: “Day-to-day I see [Marpet] around the building and talk to him.”

That got Joe’s attention. What’s Marpet doing at One Buc Palace regularly? Did he get permission to use the Bucs’ gym and work with their trainers? Is he still hungry to be around teammates and help however he can?

Unless Marpet moved, he lives in St. Pete, so it’s not like he’s stopping in on a jog or a casual bike ride.

Goedeke noted that Marpet’s primary guidance to him is to take a day-by-day approach in order to not get stressed and overwhelmed by the NFL transition.

The two have talked about the awkwardness of not only changing positions from college to the pros — tackle to guard — but the challenge of switching sides of the offensive line.

Marpet was a left tackle in college and played right guard during his rookie year in Tampa. Goedeke is moving from right tackle to left guard. The rookie said he and Marpet have been comparing notes on feeling “off balance” from the shift.

24 Responses to “Extended Time At One Buc For Ali Marpet”

  1. westernbuc Says:

    I’m not sure why he’s still going to One Buc, but I’m glad our organization keeps the doors open for these guys. It’s good for their mental health

  2. SOEbuc Says:

    Nothing wrong with watching and getting any trainer observation of all types of injuries. I doubt there is any reason Bucs would not allow him into OBP to workout, coach up some advice, or view training sessions.

  3. MadMax Says:

    Ali still bringing it….im very thankful.

  4. Goatfarmer Says:

    Great player, great human.

  5. sasquatch Says:

    Hey, if he’s there to assist with coaching the OL, that would be cool.

  6. Smashsquatch Says:

    Love this story 👍

  7. BuucccNASTY Says:

    Makes sense, dude still loves the game just doesn’t want to trash his body anymore to enjoy it as a player. Smart man. Gunna miss him protecting Tom tho, I think Tom would agree… but sharing his knowledge of the game to a player who is going through a similar transition as he did to the pros makes a lot of sense to still live in the football world.

  8. Mike Johnson Says:

    I’m just elated Our Bucs have the kind of organization and professionalism to welcome back ex-players (of course in good standing), who can pass along a lot of knowledge to rookies. Marpet is a good guy. He has Bucs in his blood and always will.

  9. Dagaga Says:

    Go Bucs…..Fire em Cannons 🔥

  10. Defy9Ordinary Says:

    Ali Marpet was always a great football player, but an even better teammate. This article (well done btw) just is another example of Ali proving that. One can’t help but root for Ali to have much success from this point forward! #GoGetIt #ONE

  11. adam from ny Says:

    what if:

    ali is a double agent



  12. Elita Vita Says:

    He perhaps is having a look see if he would like a coaching gig one day. Hang out with the oline coach and see if he might like doing that one day.

  13. Bucs&Bolts Says:

    Coach Marpet

  14. Mark A Swygert Says:

    He wants to be a life coach, not a football coach, is what it sounds like to me. Maybe the Bucs could hire him to be a team shrink when his education is over. His experience as an actual top of the line starter in the NFL would give him tons of credibility over others in the profession.

  15. Jason Matricardi Says:

    If he’s lost 60 pounds a comeback isn’t very likely

  16. Maddog Says:

    If Marpet has lost 60 pounds, a comeback is very likely unless he puts the feed bag on soon.

  17. Stone crab sam Says:

    Hypertension is high blood pressure? Probably a great reason to lose 60 lbs…

  18. Trey Long Says:

    Great player and great person. I’m sure whatever he brings to the Bucs is welcome.

  19. Bird Says:

    Bucs ambassador to the city of tampa and surrounding areas

  20. Crickett Baker Says:

    Good article but it would be better if Joe found out exactly what he is doing at 1BP..

  21. Will C. Says:

    This is no big deal! Ex-Buc greats don’t need a reason to be at the Advent Training Facility, (which btw, is no longer named One Buc Place). Can you imagine them telling Derrick Brooks that he can’t be there, that it’s for current players only. The Bucs don’t target players that can just suddenly walk away from their Buc family forever. No, our players truly love the game, their teammates, their coaches, the facility and everyone in it. Having to retire has been devastating to Ali…

  22. Jason Collins Says:

    It’s Ali Marpet…How could they NOT let him in the building…dude literally left it all on the field for the team and us fans. Should go into the RoH just on his team achievements alone.

  23. Jason C Says:

    It’s Ali Marpet…How could they NOT let him in the building…dude literally left it all on the field for the team and us fans. Should go into the RoH just on his team achievements alone.

  24. Steve Says:

    TB 12 said during his retirement day by day. Hey one last hurrah and another SB ring for him, would be great.