Former VCU basketball player agrees to NFL deal with Colts

Hazel Gray
April 21, 2017

Former Virginia Commonwealth basketball player Mo Alie-Cox has found an National Football League home.

Cox is set to sign with Indianapolis, NFL Media reported Thursday.

The Colts made tight ends out of former basketball players Marcus Pollard and Erik Swoope, with Pollard playing 10 seasons in Indy and Swoope catching 15 passes last season.

He was able to sign anywhere after the National Football League determined he didn't meet the criteria for this year's draft because he would have been draft-eligible in 2016 if he chose.

Alie-Cox hasn't played football in nine years, since his freshman year of high school.

Known for his leaping ability and 7-foot-1 wingspan, Alie-Cox became a favorite of VCU fans for highlight-reel blocked shots, a regularity that eventually caused the fans to chant "Mo Says No" each time he would reject an attempt.

What's interesting about the team that won the rights to Alie-Cox is that Chris Ballard is the Colts new general manager and served for the last few years alongside Dorsey in the Chiefs front office. There's a lot of things in my life that if I would have just told myself otherwise it would not be.

Swoope spent a year on the practice squad first, meaning he did not play in games and didn't travel with the active roster. They signed Jack Doyle as the primary starter, but Alie-Cox can sit among inactives as a long-term project in the mold of a Demetrius Harris.

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