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Aaron Maybin
Maybin in the 2011 NFL season.
No. 56     Toronto Argonauts
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-04-06) April 6, 1988 (age 33)
Place of birth: Baltimore, Maryland
High School: Ellicott City (MD) Mt. Hebron
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 237 lb (108 kg)
Career information
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Debuted in 2009 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
*Buffalo Bills ( 2009 2010)
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (2008)
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Tackles     36
Quarterback sacks     6.0
Interceptions     0
Forced fumbles     5
Stats at
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Aaron Michael Maybin (born April 6, 1988) is an American football linebacker with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He played college football for Penn State University, and received All-American honors. He was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

College career

Maybin attended Pennsylvania State University, where he played for coach Joe Paterno's Penn State Nittany Lions football team from 2006 to 2008. He redshirted during the 2006 season. He had 12 tackles, with 4.5 tackles for losses, one forced fumble and one pass breakup in 2007. He was fourth on the team with four sacks and was named to the Sporting News Freshman All-Big Ten team.

Maybin had a breakout season in 2008. He was selected as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following a six-tackle, two-sack performance in Penn State's 48–7 defeat of Wisconsin, in which he also forced two key fumbles. He was named a Mid-season All-American by Sports Illustrated, College Football News and CBS Sports.[1] At season's end, he was named an All-American[2][3] and a consensus first team All-Big Ten selection.[4]

Maybin was on the 2008 Walter Camp Award watchlist[5] and was one of three finalists for the 2008 Ted Hendricks[6] and Chuck Bednarik awards, awarded annually to collegiate football's top defensive end and defensive players, respectively.[7] He was named the Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C. National Defensive Player of the Year.[8]

Professional career

2009 NFL Draft

On January 9, 2009, Maybin indicated he would be going pro and make himself available for the 2009 NFL Draft. He was projected as a Top-10 pick.[9] Maybin trained for the NFL Scouting Combine at Power Train Sports Performance in Millersville, Pennsylvania.[10]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in 249 lb 4.64 s 1.54 s 2.66 s 4.38 s 7.52 s 40 in 10 ft 10 in 22 rep 25

Buffalo Bills

On August 21, 2009, Maybin agreed to a five-year deal with the Buffalo Bills after being drafted with the 11th pick in the first round.[15] He finished the season with 18 tackles and zero sacks while playing in all 16 regular season games during his 2009 rookie year.

In his second season, Maybin was considered a disappointment. Through six games, he played on only 66 downs, with five tackles and zero sacks.[16] He was deactivated as a healthy-scratch for the team's sixth game at Baltimore.[17]

On August 15, 2011, Maybin was waived by the Bills.[18]

New York Jets

The New York Jets signed Maybin to a one-year contract for the league minimum on August 17, 2011.[19] He was waived on September 4, 2011.[20] Maybin was re-signed by the Jets on September 28, 2011.[21]

In his first regular season game with the Jets, Maybin recorded his first career sack, a strip-sack, against Joe Flacco on October 2, 2011.[22] Maybin recorded his second career sack, another strip sack, on October 17 against Matt Moore.[23] He recorded another sack for the second consecutive week on October 23 against Philip Rivers.[24] Maybin recorded the first two-sack game of his career against the Bills, on November 27, 2011.[25] On December 4, 2011 against the Washington Redskins, Maybin sacked Rex Grossman and forced a fumble that was recovered by Calvin Pace. After that the Jets went on to win the game 34–19.[26] Maybin's ability to get to the quarterback made it difficult for some offensive linemen to contain him, resulting in his team leading 6 sacks in 2011.[27]

Maybin was released by the Jets on November 13, 2012. Maybin, in limited playing time, recorded one tackle and no sacks and was credited with nine quarterback hits through ten games.[28]

Cincinnati Bengals

On January 25, 2013, Maybin was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals to a Reserve/Future contract.[29] On August 18, 2013, he was released by the Bengals.[30]

Toronto Argonauts (CFL)

On October 27, 2013, the Toronto Argonauts announced that they had signed Maybin. He was added to their practice roster.[31]


Maybin was born to Constance and Michael Maybin in Baltimore.[32][33] He was diagnosed with borderline attention deficit disorder when he was young.[33] His parents sought out alternatives to drug treatment which included sketching, sculpting, wrestling, baseball and football, which he began play at the Pee-Wee level at the age of 5.[32][33] When Maybin was 6, his mother suffered preeclampsia that complicated childbirth. Though doctors were able to revive his stillborn sister, Constance Jr., his mother died after going into cardiac arrest.[33][34] His father later remarried to an English missionary, Violette Grant, whom Maybin calls his mother.[33][34] He attended Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City.[32]

Maybin has a daughter, Tacori, who was born in July 2010. She was born shortly after his son was stillborn.[33] Maybin's cousin, Cameron is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the San Diego Padres.

While at Penn State, Maybin spoke frequently by phone with former Nittany Lion linebacker LaVar Arrington. The two first met during Arrington's stint with the Washington Redskins, when Maybin was playing at nearby Mount Hebron High School.[35] Arrington has joked about knowing Maybin "before he had muscles."[35] Arrington now serves as Maybin's manager.[36]

In 2009 Maybin founded Project Mayhem, a charitable organization established to “provide aid, both personal and economic, to help underprivileged and at risk youth excel beyond their current conditions.”[37][38]

Maybin was roommates with linebacker NaVorro Bowman while at Penn State.[39] He was pursuing a double major in communications and integrative arts.[40][41] Maybin became a member of the Delta Theta chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity in April 2008.[42]


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  2. Brennan, Mark (December 12, 2008). "Maybin, Shipley Gain All-America Honors". Fight On State/ Retrieved December 12, 2008.
  3. "FWAA Names 2008 All-America Team". Football Writers Association of America. December 13, 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2008.
  4. "2008 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team: As selected by Conference Coaches". Retrieved November 25, 2008.
  5. "Maybin on Watch Lists for Walter Camp Player of the Year and Hendricks Defensive End Award". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. November 13, 2008. Retrieved November 14, 2008.
  6. "Penn State's Maybin is Hendricks finalist". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. December 2, 2008. Retrieved December 3, 2008.
  7. Brennan, Mark (November 24, 2008). "Maybin a Bednarik Finalist". Fight On State. Retrieved November 26, 2008.
  8. Jones, Ryan (March/April 2009). "What Off-Season?". The Penn Stater: p. 25
  9. Penn State DE Aaron Maybin Declares for NFL Draft, January 13, 2009
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  13. Flounders, Bob. (March 18, 2009).Maybin significantly improves 40 time at PSU Pro Day Penn Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  14. Rang, Rob. (April 3, 2009).Pro Days wrap: Who helped their stock, hurt it, still has questions CBS Retrieved April 28, 2009.
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  19. Cimini, Rich (August 17, 2011). "Aaron Maybin signs deal with Jets". ESPN. Archived from the original on August 19, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  20. Vrentas, Jenny (September 4, 2011). "Jets awarded four players off waivers, including QB Kevin O'Connell; cut Aaron Maybin". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
  21. "Jets re-sign Aaron Maybin". ESPN. September 28, 2011. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  22. LeRay, Andrew (October 3, 2011). "M(cKnight) & M(aybin) Provide Some Highlights". New York Jets. Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  23. Begley, Ian (October 18, 2011). "'Mayhem' Maybin makes impact". ESPN. Archived from the original on November 6, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  24. Lange, Randy (November 6, 2011). "Maybin, Jets Fired Up for This Important Game". New York Jets. Archived from the original on November 6, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  25. Lange, Randy (November 27, 2011). "Back on Track: Jets Hold Off Bills 28–24". New York Jets. Archived from the original on November 27, 2011. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  26. Maese, Rick (December 5, 2011). "Stats, scores and schedules". The Washington Post.
  27. "Aaron Maybin, Quinton Coples and Calvin Pace: Who Will Have the Most Sacks for the New York Jets?".
  28. Cimini, Rich (13 November 2012). "Jets release Aaron Maybin". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  29. Jamison Hensley (25 January 2013). "Bengals sign linebacker Aaron Maybin - AFC North Blog - ESPN". Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  30. Hobson, Geoff (August 18, 2013). "Bengals make room at LB, WR, CB". Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  31. "Aaron Maybin joins Toronto Argonauts practice roster". October 21, 2013.
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 Owens, Donna (October 21, 2010). "Aaron Maybin's home-field advantage". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on November 6, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 33.4 33.5 Vrentas, Jenny (October 30, 2011). "Jets' Aaron Maybin has persevered through a life filled with loss". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on November 6, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  34. 34.0 34.1 Giger, Cory (December 15, 2008). "'I kissed my mom goodbye': PSU's Maybin tells story of losing mother at 6 years old". Altoona Mirror. Archived from the original on November 6, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2008.
  35. 35.0 35.1 Langenbacher, Josh (October 14, 2008). "Arrington tutors protégé Bowman". The Daily Collegian. Retrieved October 15, 2008.
  36. Cravetz, Ray (February 2, 2009). "PSU's Maybin Ready to Cause Mayhem On The Next Level". Bleacher Report.
  37. "Project Mayhem". Retrieved February 10, 2010.
  38. Bauer, Nate (February 10, 2010). "Maybin makes impact beyond the field". Blue White Illustrated.
  39. Moody, Walt (September 21, 2008). "Maybin, Bowman rising up for PSU". Centre Daily Times. Retrieved September 22, 2008.[dead link]
  40. "59 Aaron Maybin". Pennsylvania State University. Retrieved October 18, 2008.
  41. Rice, Jeff (November 8, 2008). "Maybin makes his mark". Centre Daily Times. Retrieved November 9, 2008.[dead link]
  42. "The Delta Theta Chapter". The Delta Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc..

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