Mailei in August 2009
|No. -- Free Agent|
|Date of birth:October 30, 1986|
|Place of birth: Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)||Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)|
|College: Weber State|
|Undrafted in 2009|
|Debuted in 2009 for the New Orleans Saints|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2009|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Marcus Anthony Mailei (born October 30, 1986) is an American football fullback who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Weber State.
Mailei has also played for the New Orleans Saints.
Early years[edit | edit source]
Mailei attended Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah and was a letterman in football and rugby, playing for the famous Highland Rugby Team coached by Larry Gelwix. He was rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com. He also appeared as an extra in the film Forever Strong.
Marcus is an Eagle Scout.
College career[edit | edit source]
Mailei saw playing time in his freshman year in 2005, but was limited by a knee injury. In 2006 Mailei started all 11 games for the Wildcats and was Weber State's third-leading receiver with 241 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 72 yards and two scores, and earned Honorable Mention All-Big Sky honors. As a junior in 2007, Mailei saw a decrease in numbers, but established himself as the lead blocker for 4-time First Team All-Big Sky rusher Trevyn Smith, netting himself a First Team All-Big Sky selection. In 2008, Mailei entered the year with NFL potential, which brought him attention from NFL scouts. He took part in arguably Weber State's most successful season in program history, in which the Wildcats won their first Big Sky Championship in 40 years and advanced to the second round of the FCS playoffs. Mailei garnered another First Team All Big Sky Selection in 2008, in addition to a TSN Honorable Mention selection to the All-America Team.
Following his senior season, Mailei was invited to participate in the Texas vs the Nation All Star Game in El Paso, Texas.
Professional career[edit | edit source]
Pre-draft[edit | edit source]
Prior to the 2009 NFL Draft, Mailei was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where he suffered from flu-like symptoms.
Philadelphia Eagles[edit | edit source]
New Orleans Saints[edit | edit source]
Mailei was signed off the Eagles' practice squad by the New Orleans Saints on December 9, 2009 after the team waived fullback Kyle Eckel, and played in two games; Eckel was re-signed on December 21 when Mailei was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Mailei returned to the Saints in 2010 but suffered an injury during training camp; he was waived/injured on August 20, 2010 and later placed on the Saints' injured reserve list. He was released on February 10, 2011.
References[edit | edit source]
- "Marcus Mailei #39". Weber State Athletics. http://www.weberstatesports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=8600&ATCLID=1275522. Retrieved 2009-11-19.
- "DE Gaines, FB Mailei Highlight RFAs". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. April 27, 2009. http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/Story.asp?story_id=17733. Retrieved 2009-11-19.
- "Saints Sign FB Marcus Mailei and LB Anthony Waters". NewOrleansSaints.com. December 9, 2009. http://neworleanssaints.com/Articles/2009/12/Saints%20Sign%20FB%20Marcus%20Mailei%20and%20LB%20Anthony%20Waters.aspx. Retrieved 2009-12-09.
- "Saints waive Mailei, re-sign McKie", AP at SI.com, August 20, 2010.