Grantland Names Alex Boone one of the NFL's 22 Most Underappreciated Players

By Jason Priestas on September 6, 2013 at 11:23a
Alex Boone with the rhino named after him at the SF Zoo.

Grantland has a feature on former Buckeye and current San Francisco 49er Alex Boone, calling him one of the 22 most underappreciated players in the NFL.

June 29, 2009. That’s the date Boone says he took his last drink. When he talks about getting sober, the humiliation of draft day comes up. But like his reasons for drinking the way he did, sobriety was about more than that. This summer, Boone spoke to his father for the first time in years, and it was a conversation that confirmed everything he’d thought growing up. “When I got sober, everyone was like, ‘You’ve got to be better than this. You’ve got to be better than this,’" Boone says. "I said, 'Fuck that. I want to be better than him.' I wanted him to look back one day and be sorry that he never knew me.”

It started with spite, but what keeps him going is purer. “When you’re young and immature, it’s, ‘Let’s go play football. We’ll go play football, party after, and who gives a shit about anything else,’” Boone says. “Now, this is my job. I have a wife. I have a kid. I have another kid on the way. I want to make them proud.”

It's a long read, but well worth your time.


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CharlieBuckeye's picture

This story should be required reading for every young man who enters the program.  They should also b forced to read Maurice Clarett's book.
Congratulations to Alex and his entire family.

"To have a great life simply follow this rule:  Do not bring undo conflict into your life..."

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IBleedSandG's picture

I must say, having a rhino name after you is pretty badass!


hspbuy1's picture

Thanks for posting this story,that's some great reading! & yes I'm a Buckeye and 9er fan!


steveinkc's picture

boone could have been an all-american at OHIO STATE...but he has it together now and we're happy for his success!!


redfox's picture

Agree Boone could have been a lot better at OSU if not for the drinking habit.

741's picture

Man it would be great to have LeCharles Bentley coaching O-Line at Ohio State. I suspect we could not afford him vs. what he likely takes down from his offensive line training academy business.

osu07asu10's picture

I would agree, I think that LeCharles is probably doing well for himself with the academy...
but I wouldn't want anyone but Warriner coaching our o-line in Urban's system. 

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Charlene's picture

We have a very good coach for OL and that is definitely not the weak link on our staff. Most of you probably do not remember Bentley sucker punching a team mate at OSU. Is that what you want?

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Never would have thought he ended up at guard in the NFL. Has to be one of the tallest ones in the league.

unholy bucknut's picture

I'm just glad he got it together grew up faced his demons and came out on top. Truly inspirational guy. Beat that shit like a true buckeye should. Proud he is one of our own.

buckeyedude's picture

Isn't AlexBoonesLiver going to chime in on this article?