From Virginia Commonwealth University basketball star to burgeoning NFL tight end; Mo Alie-Cox has carved a unique path to success.
Back in January 2017, I had the chance to interview VCU Rams head coach Will Wade (now head coach at LSU) to chat about his team that seemed to have brought a little bit of that early 1990’s UNLV Runnin’ Rebels swagger back into college basketball.
One of the players on that 2016-17 VCU squad was Mo Alie-Cox a 6-foot-7 senior forward who at the time was leading the team in scoring with 10.1 points per game and had been named to the A-10 All-Defensive team, All-Academic team and All-Conference Third Team the previous year.
Alie-Cox became a fan favourite during his four year stint at VCU with fans chanting his name after every big play saying, “Mo says no!”
He looked as though he had a decent chance of working his way into the NBA via a G-League opportunity and at worst he could’ve played pro basketball in one of the better European leagues.
However, just over 30 days after playing 22 minutes against Saint Mary’s in an 85-77 opening round loss in the NCAA tournament Alie-Cox signed as an undrafted free agent with Indianapolis Colts of the NFL.
Alie-Cox never played a down of college football never mind record a single catch or touchdown and he hadn’t played organized football since his freshman year of high school.
Regardless, his 6-foot-7 267 pound frame and athleticism was attractive to several NFL teams.
Fast forward to 2021 and Alie-Cox is developing into one of the better tight ends in the NFL. Through five games this year, Alie-Cox has nine catches for 124 yards and two TDs. 2020 was the beginning of his break out when he had 31 catches for 391 yards and two TDs.
Alie-Cox is becoming a preferred target of Colts QB Carson Wentz so look for his production to increase throughout the season.
Just become somebody takes a different path in life than others, it doesn’t mean they’re lost.
Mo Alie-Cox is beginning to find his way as a highly productive tight end in the NFL.