The San Francisco Zoo Named a Rhino after Alex Boone

By Jason Priestas on January 25, 2013 at 11:54a
Alex Boone and his rhino

How do you know that you've turned your career around after a series of bad choices, including jumping on the hood of a car and trying to smash the window of a tow truck, led to a Parade All-American and four-year starter at Ohio State skidding into the NFL as an undrafted free agent? 

Your local zoo names a rhino after you. Meet "Boone" the black rhino, named for 49ers guard Alex Boone.

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onetwentyeight's picture

Amazing what real coaching + talent can do for a guy's career. 

gwalther's picture

Also amazing what not being a drunk lazyass can do for a guy's career.

Class of 2008

E2Brutus's picture

Alex - "So does that mean I can ride it?"

AndyVance's picture

Saw this last week sometime; the video was hilarious. Love Rhinos, and very glad Alex is back on the straight and narrow.

buckeye56's picture

When I read stories like this, I'm reminded how truly inept the previous staff could be.  Good for Alex.

slovak71's picture

This would only get better if they had a walrus named Jim or JB or Bollman.

BuckeyeLawyer's picture

The Indianapolis Zoo has Pacific walruses (I think).  Now that he is at Purdue, that would be classic if they named one Bollman.

abrahajc's picture

great video.  I don't think a single one of us would hav called boone being a superbowl starter if asked three years ago.  glad he has turned thing around.  did anyone else think they were gonna compare rhinos eating 50 lbs of food to boone's infamous "40 beers a night in high school?" 

Bucksfan's picture

Has nothing to do with this, though, right?

VintonCountyBuck's picture

Dude...I think we must share the sam mind.  That commercial was the first thing I thought when I saw this topic was about Alex Boone and a rhino.

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

gbdawg's picture

Good for Alex, nice job.

cajunbuckeye's picture

There's a moral to the story about doing things right. You can play in the NFL, start in a Super Bowl game, and have an exotic animal named after you. Go get a ring, Alex!!

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

bedheadjc's picture

"This is not a drill."
Katt Williams "Tiger" reference?

causeicouldntgo43's picture

......And the zoo also named their pet Phallus after Jim Harbaugh...........

Alex Boones Liver's picture

Props to Alex for turning it all around! 4 years ago I would have put money down that Alex would have been on the other side of the fence eating from a bucket...

Buckeyejason's picture

Alex has been a beast of a Guard for my Niners this year. The guy looks very healthy and happy as well, glad to have him on my team(not my litterly).


CowCat's picture

I'm sorry, but FFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUU everyone that is dogging Alex Boone for his past.
We all mess up in life.  He's doing a cool thing for animals.   He's not Michael Vick.
I'm saddened that we're dumping on our own here.  
Go Alex! Go Bucks!

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

AndyVance's picture

Umm, who here is dogging on Boone? Looked to me like everyone was saying some variation of "Attaboy, Alex! We're happy for you!"

AndyVance's picture

Okay, I did see one comment about being a "drunk lazyass."

Doc's picture

Congrats Alex. Good luck in the Super Bowl.

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Alex Boones Liver's picture

In all fairness, my username was created years ago.  After watching student(Alex) underachieve under teacher (Bollman) for 4 years I had enough of both...thus Alex Boone's Liver came to life.

LouGroza's picture

Alex Boones Liver is alive and doing very well is what you are now promoting. It is a testament to the rebounding of a vital organ and the owner. Here's to the celebration!!

Alhan's picture

Don't ever change, ABL :-)

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

buckeye76BHop's picture

It's nick name should be "hot head" for both the locker room fights he got into in back to back NC games....that's always good for teams during the biggest game of year.  Sorry...I've never been a big fan....and never will be.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

buckeyedude's picture

My eternal memory etched on my brain of Alex Boone is in the NC game and how he looked like his feet were set in concrete as the Florida DE ran by him on his way to sack Troy Smith. This even before Boone came out of his 3-point stance.  He did not achieve his potential at OSU.
Glad he's doing better though.