Johnny Maxey
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Maxey with the Tennessee Titans in 2018
Free agent
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1993-10-19) October 19, 1993 (age 26)
Columbia, South Carolina
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:282 lb (128 kg)
Career information
High school:Canandaigua Academy
College:Mars Hill
Career history
* Pittsburgh Steelers ( 2016)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:1
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at

Johnny Maxey (born October 19, 1993) is an American football defensive end who is a free agent. He played college football at Mars Hill University and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

College careerEdit

Maxey played for the Mars Hill Lions, where he was a second-team South Atlantic Conference performer after getting 82 tackles and three sacks as a senior.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

Maxey was signed by the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2016 NFL Draft on May 1, 2016.[2] He was released as part of final roster cuts[3] and signed to the teams' practice squad on September 4, 2016.[4]

After suffering several injuries along the defensive line, the Steelers promoted Maxey to the active roster on December 24, 2016.[5] He made his debut the next day in a key victory against the Baltimore Ravens.[6] On January 1, 2017, he made his first career tackle in a 27–24 overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns.[7]

On September 2, 2017, Maxey was waived by the Steelers.[8]

Tennessee TitansEdit

On December 19, 2017, Maxey was signed to the Tennessee Titans' practice squad.[9] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Titans on January 15, 2018.[10] On April 30, 2018, Maxey was released.[11] On July 31, 2018, he was re-signed by the Titans.[12] He was waived/injured on August 10, 2018 and was placed on injured reserve.[13] He was released on October 23, 2018.

Memphis Express and Birmingham IronEdit

In 2019, Maxey signed with the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football, but did not make the final roster.[14] Instead, he joined the Birmingham Iron.[15]


  1. Wexell, Jim (May 16, 2016). "Undrafted defensive end from Mars Hill has no plan other than to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers". Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  2. Kozora, Alex (May 12, 2016). "Little Known DE Johnny Maxey Looking To Make Noise In Camp". Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  3. Labriola, Bob (September 3, 2016). "Steelers cut to 53, trade for CB". Archived from the original on August 12, 2017. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  4. "Steelers add 10 to practice squad". September 4, 2016. Archived from the original on October 11, 2017. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  5. Chester, Simon A. (December 24, 2016). "Steelers promote CB Al-Hajj Shabazz and DL Johnny Maxey from practice squad". USA Today. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  6. Bryan, Dave (December 26, 2016). "6 Rookies Contributed Significantly In Steelers Win Over Ravens". Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  7. "NFL Player Profile: Johnny Maxey".
  8. "Steelers trim roster to 53". September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on January 17, 2018.
  9. "Jerome Cunningham: Cut from Tennessee's practice squad". December 19, 2017.
  10. Wyatt, Jim (January 15, 2018). "Titans Sign 10 Players to Futures Contracts". Archived from the original on January 18, 2018.
  11. Wyatt, Jim (April 30, 2018). "Titans Release QB Alex Tanney, RB Muhammad". Archived from the original on May 1, 2018.
  12. Wyatt, Jim (July 31, 2018). "Titans Add Two Defensive Linemen, Place CB Tye Smith on IR During Roster Moves".
  13. Wyatt, Jim (August 10, 2018). "Titans Agree to Terms with Safety Steven Terrell".
  14. Munz, Jason (January 30, 2019). "AAF: The Memphis Express set their initial 52-man roster. Who made the cut?". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  15. Inabinett, Mark (January 30, 2019). "Birmingham Iron sets roster for inaugural season". The Birmingham News. Retrieved February 6, 2019.

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