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Joe Mays (American football)


Joe Mays (American football)

Joe Mays
Warming up before a game in Denver in September, 2010.
No. 53     Kansas City Chiefs
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-07-06) July 6, 1985
Place of birth: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 244 lb (111 kg)
Career information
College: North Dakota State
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 200
Debuted in 2008 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 220
Sacks 1.5
Forced Fumbles 1
Interceptions 0
Stats at

Joseph Lamont "Joe" Mays (born July 6, 1985) is an American football linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft after playing college football at North Dakota State.

Early years

Joe attended Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois. He did not play football until his junior year of high school. He earned first-team all-conference honors in both his junior and senior years. He was a first-team all-city selection as a senior in football after he made 115 tackles, 16 sacks and two interceptions.

College career

As a senior at North Dakota State, Mays led the team on defense with 90 tackles, nine tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks. He earned All-American honors and was named the Great West Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Mays was a three-time first-team All-Great West Conference selection in his career. He made 285 total tackles, a school-record 159 solo tackles, 29.5 tackles-for-loss, three interceptions and eleven sacks in his 31 games started and 43 games played in his career.

Professional career

Philadelphia Eagles

Mays was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He spent most of the 2008 season inactive, but played in the last two games of the season on special teams.

On August 2, 2009, the starting linebacker for the Eagles, Stewart Bradley, suffered a season-ending torn ACL during training camp.[1] At subsequent Eagles practices, Mays was promoted to Bradley's position, middle linebacker, although Omar Gaither beat him out for the job.

Denver Broncos

Mays (51) looks on as teammates tackle Steven Jackson on November 28, 2010.

Mays was traded to the Denver Broncos in exchange for running back J. J. Arrington on July 30, 2010.[2]

On September 25, 2012, Mays was suspended for one game and fined $50,000 dollars by the NFL for his hit on the Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub that lacerated Schaub's earlobe.[3] During the week 8 game against the New Orleans Saints, Mays fractured his fibula and was placed on injured reserve.

On July 23, 2013, Mays was released by the Broncos.[4]

Houston Texans

On July 29, 2013, Mays signed with the Houston Texans to a one-year contract.[5]

Kansas City Chiefs

Mays signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on March 12, 2014.[6] Due to an injury suffered in the Chiefs final preseason game, Mays was place on injured reserve with a designated for return tag,[7] and was activated on November 8, 2014.


Mays earned a degree in physical education from North Dakota State. He and his wife, LaToyia, have one son, Jai, and one daughter, Joi.


  1. ^ "Report: Torn ACL could cost Bradley". Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  2. ^ McPherson, Chris (July 30, 2010). "Eagles Acquire RB Arrington From Denver". Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  3. ^ "NFL Hands Mays $50,000 Fine, 1 Game Suspension". CBS News Denver. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Broncos release Joe Mays". ESPN News. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Joe Mays, Houston Texans reportedly strike one-year contract". July 29, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ Chiefs Ink Abdullah, Mays & Linkenbach
  7. ^ "Chiefs Sign S Kurt Coleman; LB Joe Mays to IR". 

External links

  • Kansas City Chiefs bio
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