Marcus Gilbert (American football)

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Marcus Gilbert
Marcus Gilbert (American football).JPG
Gilbert in the 2011 NFL season.
No. 77     Pittsburgh Steelers
Offensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-02-15) February 15, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Weight: 330 lb (150 kg)
Career information
High school: Fort Lauderdale (FL) Aquinas
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 63
Debuted in 2011 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Games played 35
Games started 34
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Marcus Christopher Gilbert (born February 15, 1988) is an American football offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida, and was a member of a BCS National Championship team. He was drafted by the Steelers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Gilbert was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, and was a standout lineman for the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders high school football team. He was also a member of the Raiders basketball team and threw the shot put and discus for the Raiders track and field team.

College career[edit]

Gilbert attended the University of Florida, where he played coach Urban Meyer's Florida Gators football team from 2006 to 2010. As a true freshman in 2006, he was redshirted. He made his first career start for the Florida Gators in a game against Florida Atlantic in 2007 at right guard in place of the injured Maurkice Pouncey. During the Gators 2008 BCS National Championship season, Gilbert started two games at left guard against Hawaii and Miami. He started in all 14 games for the Gators at right tackle in 2009, and earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for his performance against Kentucky on September 26. In 2010, Gilbert started in all 13 games, playing both tackle positions. During his college career, he appeared in fifty-two games and started thirty of them.[2]

Pre-draft[edit]

Entering the 2011 NFL Draft Gilbert was projected to be a second to fourth round pick.[3]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 6⅛ in 320 lb 5.12 s 1.83 s 3.02 s 5.02 s 5.12 s 30½ in 8 ft 2 in 30 reps
Shuttle, vertical jump, and broad jump values from Pro Day on March 15, all other values from 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Gilbert was drafted 63rd overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is the first Florida player at his position to be drafted since Max Starks was a third-round selection by Pittsburgh in 2004. Gilbert joined former Florida center Maurkice Pouncey, who was drafted in the first round (18th overall pick) by the Steelers the year before.[5] Gilbert's first NFL start was on September 18, 2011 when the Steelers played the Seattle Seahawks. Gilbert filled in for the Injured Willie Colon. On December 29, Gilbert was named the Steelers 2011 Rookie of the year after starting 13 games inplace of the injured Colon. On November 26, 2012, Gilbert was placed on injured reserve after suffering an ankle injury in Week 6.[6]

On August 19, 2014, Gilbert signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension with the Steelers.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=65203&draftyear=2011&genpos=OT
  2. ^ GatorZone.com, Football History, 2010 Roster, Marcus Gilbert. Retrieved May 2, 2012.
  3. ^ "#76 Marcus Gilbert". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  4. ^ "Marcus Gilbert, DS #10 OT, Florida". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved 2011-04-09. 
  5. ^ http://www.onlygators.com/04/29/2011/steelers-add-gators-ot-marcus-gilbert-with-no-63-overall-pick-in-second-round-of-2011-nfl-draft/
  6. ^ Hanzus, Dan (2012-11-26). "Steelers' David DeCastro activated; Marcus Gilbert to IR". National Football League. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  7. ^ Wesseling, Chris (August 19, 2014). "Marcus Gilbert, Steelers strike five-year, $30M deal". NFL.com. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 

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