Cassius Marsh was one of several players the Patriots traded for this weekend. He could be the only one who’s played in a Magic: The Gathering tournament.
The popular trading card game is an interest of Marsh’s. Though he stands 6-4 and weighs around 270 pounds, the 25-year-old defensive end enjoys a card competition to accompany his day job on the football field. According to the Seattle Times, Marsh has played Magic: The Gathering since he was a kid.
“I’m a nerd, for sure,” Marsh told the Times’ Jayson Jenks. “I’ve been playing since I was 11. How people like gaming, I like cards.”
His pursuit received widespread attention in November of 2016, when cards reportedly worth more than $20,000 were stolen from him.
To help make up for the loss, Magic: The Gathering organizers presented Marsh with a “care package”:
Earlier in 2017, Marsh went to a tournament, playing against competition he evidently wasn’t ready for. Marsh finished 3,150th out of 3,400. Still, the then-Seahawk noted that he had “a blast”:
Marsh was acquired by the Patriots on Saturday in exchange for two draft picks.