|No. 71, 63, 78|
|Date of birth:September 27, 1977|
|Place of birth: Indianapolis, Indiana|
|NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Detroit Lions ( 1999– 2001)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* 2× All-Big Ten (1997, 1998)|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Aaron Gibson (born September 27, 1977) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. He also was a member of the Austin Wranglers and Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin.
He was a two-way player. As a senior, he was a first team All-state selection and was named as a Top 33 Pick by the Bloomington Herald-Times. As a defensive tackle, he had 8 fumble recoveries and 11 passes defensed.
Gibson accepted a football scholarship from the University of Wisconsin. He didn't play in his freshman year because of failing to meet the requirements of Proposition 48. The next year, he was a reserve right tackle behind All-American Jerry Wunsch and was used primarily as a blocking tight end, after making his debut in the fifth game against Ohio State University.
As a senior in 1998, Gibson was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, after having been named to the first teams of the Football Writers Association, American Football Coaches Association, and the Football News and the Walter Camp Foundation. He was also a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten Conference selection. He was the first player in school history to be named a finalist for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy awards.
In the 1999 NFL Scouting Combine, Gibson ran the 40-yard dash in 5.03 seconds. He was described as "a proto-type right tackle in the NFL," for having "a huge body with big legs and a gigantic chest".
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 7 in||386 lb||5.03 s||1.79 s||3.02 s||4.54 s||7.99 s||24 in||9 ft 8 in||31 reps|
Gibson was selected by the Detroit Lions with the 27th overall pick in the 1999 National Football League Draft. He was expected to be the starting right tackle as a rookie, but suffered a left shoulder injury in an April post-draft minicamp and was placed on the injured reserve list.
The next year, he started the first 10 games at right tackle, until suffering a right shoulder injury (torn posterior subluxation) and being placed on the injured reserve list on December 4. In 2001, he started five of the first six games of the season, before being waived on October 30.
On October 31, 2001, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys and only played in the season finale. In 2002, Gibson had the distinction of becoming the NFL's first player to be officially listed at 400-pounds. He was limited with a knee injury in training camp and was eventually released on September 18, 2002.
On November 26, 2002, he was signed by the Chicago Bears as a free agent to replace an injured Marc Colombo. In 2003, he had his most consistent professional season, starting at right tackle in all sixteen games with the Chicago Bears, after Colombo was lost for the year when he was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. In 2004, he played four games (three starts) and was declared inactive in 10. It would be the last season in which he made an appearance in a regular season NFL game.
Austin Wranglers (AFL)
On January 24, 2007, he was signed by the Austin Wranglers of the Arena Football League. On April 4, he was placed on the injured reserve list. On May 5, he was activated. He played in 11 games and had 3 tackles for the season. On July 30, he was traded along with defensive lineman Rob Schroeder to the Utah Blaze in exchange for past considerations.
Utah Blaze (AFL)
Dallas Desperados (AFL)
Cleveland Gladiators (AFL)
Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings (AFL)
- Frias, Carlos (October 29, 2006). "Pressure to grow burdened Gibson". Palm Beach Post.
- "Big Cheese The Badgers Aaron Gibson Pruned His Weight To 371 And Blossomed Into A Bulldozer Of A Blocker Who Probably Will Be The First Lineman Taken In The NFL Draft". Sports Illustrated. April 1999. https://www.si.com/vault/1999/02/22/256260/big-cheese-the-badgers-aaron-gibson-pruned-his-weight-to-371-and-blossomed-into-a-bulldozer-of-a-blocker-who-probably-will-be-the-first-lineman-taken-in-the-nfl-draft. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Lions waive '99 top pick Gibson". http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2001-10-31/sports/0110310237_1_backup-quarterback-rick-mirer-offensive-tackle-aaron-gibson-injuries-and-off-the-field-problems. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "NFL lineman comes up big: no fat lies". http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2002-07-28/sports/0207280330_1_gibson-ted-washington-heaviest-player. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Cowboys release Gibson". https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=861&dat=20020919&id=CxZZAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bkYNAAAAIBAJ&pg=5646,4038817&hl=es. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Big deal: Bears bring in Gibson". http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2002-11-27/sports/0211270194_1_bears-coach-dick-jauron-lions-squad. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Aaron Gibson". ArenaFan.com. 2014. http://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=transactions&type=old&team=104. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Blaze trade Gibson to Dallas". ArenaFan.com. October 12, 2007. http://www.arenafan.com/news/?page=pressrel&article=7971. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Desperados release eight, re-sign Jones". ArenaFan.com. 2014. http://www.arenafan.com/news/?page=pressrel&article=8334. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Gladiators Sign Aaron Gibson". ArenaFan.com. 2014. http://www.arenafan.com/news/?page=pressrel&article=8478. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings Team Roster". ArenaFan.com. 2014. http://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=transactions&type=old&team=141. Retrieved February 19, 2018.