Former HSU star Cappa now a Super Bowl champion

The Humboldt Crabs posted this picture of Alex Cappa and his wife Emily posing with the Vince Lombardi trophy on their Facebook page on Sunday. Cappa worked for the Crabs while at HSU.

By Ray Hamill — Former Humboldt State star Alex Cappa has joined the ranks of Super Bowl champions after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 on Sunday.

Cappa, who played four years at Humboldt State from 2014-2017, is just the second ever former Lumberjack to win a Super Bowl, joining Wendell Hayes, who won with the Chiefs back in 1970.

Cappa did not get to play in Sunday’s big game after fracturing his ankle in the opening round of the playoffs last month, but he has played a key role for the Bucs all season long in just his second year as a starter on the offensive line.

After starting out 7-5, the Bucs went on to win eight straight games on the way to the championship, the longest winning streak in team history.

The Bucs traded up to draft Cappa in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft and has repaid the faith the team has shown in him, becoming a solid starter.

He has proven to be a fan favorite, receiving more fans votes for the Pro Bowl than any other guard in the NFC this season.

The offensive line has been a strength for the Super Bowl champions all season long, protecting legendary quarterback Tom Brady, who won a seventh Super Bowl ring on Sunday.

Pro Football Focus ranked Cappa as the 18th best guard in the NFL this season, out of 84.

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