Marcus Gilbert (American football)

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Marcus Gilbert
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Gilbert in 2011
No. 77 Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Offensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-02-15) February 15, 1988 (age 27)
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
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2015
Games played: 62
Games started: 61
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

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]

2011 NFL Draft[edit]

Gilbert was drafted in the second round, 63rd overall, in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gilbert signed a 4-year $3.22 million contract with $847k guaranteed and a $847k signing bonus. 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 in 2010.[5]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

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, 2011, Gilbert was named the Steeler's Rookie of the year after starting 13 games in place of the injured Colon. In his first season with the Steeler's he started 13 games and played in 14. On November 26, 2012, Gilbert was placed on injured reserve after suffering an ankle injury in Week 6 during a game against the Tennessee Titans. His season was held to only 5 starts due to his injury.[6] Gilbert returned from injury in 2013 and started all 16 games, marking his first full season at right tackle.

On August 19, 2014, Gilbert signed a five-year, $30.8 million contract extension with the Steelers with $7.65 million signing bonus and $7.65 million guaranteed.[7] Gilbert started only 12 games in 2014, being replaced by Mike Adams for 3 of them due to an ankle injury.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marcus Gilbert | Florida, OT : 2011 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Nfldraftscout.com. 2006-09-21. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  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. ^ "Steelers add Gators OT Marcus Gilbert with No. 63 overall pick in second round of 2011 NFL Draft | ONLY GATORS Get Out Alive". Onlygators.com. 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2015-12-23. 
  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. 
  8. ^ Behindthesteelcurtain.com. "Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 14 NFL injury report". 

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