On Sunday, February 5, former San Marcos Royal, now Atlanta Falcon’s center No. 51, Alex Mack will be on the field for the 51st Superbowl. During his years at San Marcos High, Mack was on the football and wrestling teams and was the recipient of multiple CIF recognitions. He was a member of the class of 2004, went on to play for UC Berkeley, turned pro when he joined the Cleveland Browns in 2009 and, in March 2016, Mack joined the Atlanta Falcons.
The National Football League summarized Mack’s strengths:
“One of the best among a top-rated center class. Since taking the reins from all-Pac-10 center Marvin Philip as a redshirt sophomore, Mack has been voted first-team all-conference three consecutive years (won the Pac-10’s best offensive lineman award in 2007) and was a Rimington Trophy finalist each of the past two seasons. An academic standout, as well, Mack was the 2008 recipient of the Draddy Award, college football’s academic version of the Heisman Trophy. Besides smarts and consistency, Mack offers rare size and athleticism for the center position, prompting some teams to view him as a potential guard in the NFL. Had an arm span of 33 inches and a hand span of 10 3/4 inches at the combine.”
According to the NFL website, Alex Mack has played and started in 117 professional games. Next stop…the Super Bowl.