Buccaneers Pro Bowler Ali Marpet explains why he shockingly retired from football this offseason at the age of 28

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have definitely been hit with the most surprising retirement of the offseason this year, and we’re not talking about Tom Brady.

Although Brady eventually returned after 40 days of retirement, the Buccaneers lost another starter to retirement in late February in Ali Marpet decided to hang up his shoes forever. The move came as an absolute shock considering he was just 28 years old and coming off a 2021 season in which he made it to the Pro Bowl. When he announced his retirement on February 27, Marpet didn’t give much insight into his decision. However, this week he did offer a few new details about why he decided to call it quits, and apparently it had everything to do with his health.

“The biggest reason for me was the physical toll: I didn’t want that anymore. There were some things I wanted to achieve in my career that I had done,” Marpet said in an interview with The Guardian. “I loved playing football. But one of my strongest values ​​is health and if I really want to live what’s important to me, there’s no point in continuing to play.”

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In the past four seasons, Marpet missed just three games in total and those came in November 2020 when he was sidelined for several weeks with an ongoing concussion. It appears a head injury also played a role in Marpet’s decision to retire.

“There are also the unknowns of the NFL’s head trauma and how that plays out,” Marpet said. “Also your joints, the pain that comes with surgeries and all that stuff.”

The 6-foot-4, 307-pound lineman, who served as the Buccaneers’ left guard in their Super Bowl LV win over the Chiefs, was also tired of carrying a lot of weight he didn’t want to carry.

“I’ve been eating as clean as I can for a 300-pounder, but having all that weight on your body sucks,” Marpet said.

Marpet made headlines the day he was drafted in 2015 when he set the record as the top D-III player in NFL history. (The Buccaneers took him with the 61st overall.) At the time, the election was viewed as a risk, but for Tampa Bay, the risk definitely paid off.

Marpet earned his first job during his rookie year and then spent the next seven seasons starting anywhere on the Buccaneers’ inside offensive line (right guard, center, left guard). In his seven-year career, he started in 101 of the 113 regular-season games the Bucs played.

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