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Rufus Mayes
Date of birth: (1947-12-05)December 5, 1947
Place of birth: Memphis, Tennessee
Date of death: January 1, 1990(1990-01-01) (aged 42)
Career information
Position(s): Offensive tackle
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
 As player:
Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals
Philadelphia Eagles
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Rufus Lee Mayes (December 5, 1947 – January 1, 1990) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Early life

Mayes grew up in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt Mayes, who also had three daughters.[1] He attended Toledo Macomber High School in Toledo, where he led the team to the 1964 City League championship.

College career

Mayes attended The Ohio State University and was a starting lineman for all 28 games he played for the Ohio State Buckeyes. His first two years, he was a tight end. After the Buckeyes had records of 4-5 and 6-3, respectively, in his first two season, in his senior year he was switched to offensive tackle. The Buckeyes went 10-0, won the Big 10 championship, defeated the University of Southern California in the 1969 Rose Bowl and were named national champions.[2]

Following his senior season, Mayes was named Second-Team All-American by the Associated Press.[3]

Professional career

Mayes was selected in the first round (14th overall) of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, for whom he played one season and 13 games.[4]

In January 1970, he was traded by the Bears to the Cincinnati Bengals in return for defensive lineman Bill Staley and Harry Gunner.[5] In 2004, the Chicago Tribune rated the trade of Mayes by the Bears to the Bengals the sixth-worst in Bears history.[6]

Mayes' first season with the Bengals, 1970, was the Bengals' first in the NFL following the NFL/AFL merger. He proceeded to become a perennial starter at offensive left tackle for eight seasons with the Bengals. During his eight-year Bengals career, Mayes started 98 of the 110 games he played.

He played out his option and became a free agent. In June 1978, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles,[7] for whom he played his final NFL season. As a backup, he played in all 16 games.[8][9]

Personal life

After football, Mayes was a marketing representative for Hewlett-Packard in Bellevue, Washington and resided in Redmond, Washington with his wife, Aishah, and son, Taysir.[10]

In 1994, he was inducted into the Ohio State Men's Varsity "O" Hall of Fame[11]

Rufus Mayes died on January 1, 1990 at age 42 of bacterial meningitis. His coach at Macomber High School, Steve Waite, called Mayes "a great guy, a very bright, very concerned, happy, easy to get along with type of guy."[12]