Marcus Mailei
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Mailei in August 2009
No. 41
Personal information
Born: (1986-10-30) October 30, 1986 (age 36)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school:Highland (Salt Lake City, Utah)
College:Weber State
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:0
Rushing average:0.0
Rushing TDs:0
Player stats at · PFR

Marcus Anthony Mailei (born October 30, 1986) is a former American football fullback. After playing college football for Weber State, he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He was a member of the New Orleans Saints from 2009–2010.

Early years

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.[1] He was rated a two-star prospect by[2] He also appeared as an extra in the film Forever Strong about Gelwix's life.[citation needed]

Mailei is an Eagle Scout.[1]

College career

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.[3] 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.[4] Mailei garnered another First-team All Big Sky Selection in 2008, in addition to a TSN Honorable Mention selection to the All-America Team.[5]

Following his senior season, Mailei was invited to participate in the Texas vs The Nation all-star game in El Paso, Texas.[6]

Professional career


Prior to the 2009 NFL Draft, Mailei was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where he suffered from flu-like symptoms.[7]

Philadelphia Eagles

Mailei was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles on April 27, 2009.[8] He was waived during final roster cuts on September 5, 2009,[9] and re-signed to the team's practice squad on September 7, 2009.[10]

New Orleans Saints

Mailei was signed off the Eagles' practice squad by the New Orleans Saints on December 9, 2009, after the team waived fullback Kyle Eckel,[11] and played in two games. Eckel was re-signed on December 21 when Mailei was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a hamstring injury.[12]

Mailei returned to the Saints in 2010 but suffered a leg injury during training camp; he was waived/injured on August 20, 2010,[13] and subsequently reverted to the team's injured reserve list after clearing waivers the next day. He was waived on February 10, 2011.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Marcus Mailei #39". Retrieved 2009-11-19.
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  6. ^ Neighbor, Fritz (January 17, 2009). "UM's Anderson invited to all-star football game". Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  7. ^ Aragon, Andrew (April 22, 2009). "Weber State football: Fullback may be a late NFL draft pick". Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "DE Gaines, FB Mailei Highlight RFAs". April 27, 2009. Archived from the original on June 17, 2009. Retrieved November 19, 2009.
  9. ^ Bowen, Les (September 5, 2009). "Eagles Cut to 53: Vick 'Exempt'". Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  10. ^ Weinberg, David (September 7, 2009). "Eagles add four to practice squad". Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  11. ^ "Saints Sign FB Marcus Mailei and LB Anthony Waters". December 9, 2009. Archived from the original on December 13, 2009. Retrieved December 9, 2009.
  12. ^ "Saints sign tight end Tory Humphrey; fullback Mailei on injured reserve". December 22, 2019. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  13. ^ "Saints waive Mailei, re-sign McKie", AP at, August 20, 2010.
  14. ^ Triplett, Mike (February 11, 2011). "New Orleans Saints waive running back P.J. Hill, fullback Marcus Mailei". Retrieved October 6, 2019.