There he was Saturday, a local legend again playing quarterback on a local field, seven years after putting Plant High football on the national map. It seems like longer. Now he was simply looking to be seen.


“I had a lot of fun out here, slinging it around,” Robert Marve said.


It was a tryout at Bucs rookie minicamp, the longest of shots. There was Marve, listed at 6-foot-1, standing next to 6-7 Mike Glennon, the Bucs' third-round draft pick. Marve went undrafted. No matter.


“I'm proud of him,” Plant football coach Robert Weiner said. “You have to appreciate Robert's persistence, all the twists and turns. Everyone's journey is different. It doesn't always go in a linear path. The amazing thing, at the end of the day, is he's trying out for an NFL team, which we all imagined for him, but never the circuitous route …”


“I kind of had a crazy college career,” Marve said.


Kind of?


Two different schools, Miami and Purdue, six years of eligibility, three knee injuries, starting, sitting, sitting, starting, career over, career reborn, and his share of mistakes, one becoming part of an NCAA investigation. The 24-year-old Marve is still standing — on one ACL, no less.


“I don't have an ACL,” Marve said, meaning his left knee.


You heard right. Marve lost it early last season in a loss at Notre Dame. He thought his career was done. Then he willed himself back. He returned later to lead Purdue to a bowl, his only one as a starting college quarterback. It wasn't the career he had envisioned, or anyone else had, but he didn't give up. He overcame.


“I really thought he threw the ball well throughout training camp,” Bucs GM Mark Dominik said.


“Robert did a really nice job,” Bucs coach Greg Schiano said.