BUCCANEERS' MARPET UNEXPECTEDLY RETIRES AT AGE 28
In a stunning and unexpected move, Tampa Bay Buccaneers left guard Ali Marpet announced on Instagram yesterday (February 27th) that he's retiring.
"After seven formidable years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I’ve come to the decision to retire from the game that has given me so much."
The 28-year-old had just had his first Pro Bowl season and is considered one of the Bucs' best offensive linemen. ESPN cited a source as saying Marpet made the decision because of concerns about his overall health.
Marpet has spent all seven of his NFL seasons with Tampa Bay, and was due to make $10 million next season. Marpet's father, Bill, told ESPN, "I think he accomplished his goals, values his health, is looking for more challenges."