As the countdown rolls on, we are down to 59 days until football returns to Beaver Stadium.
With no current players wearing No. 59, we go back in time to look at former star defensive end Aaron Maybin.
The Maryland native spent three seasons in Happy Valley from 2006 to 2008. In his true freshman season, Maybin was redshirted. He saw the field for the first time in 2007. After having a decent redshirt freshman season in 2007, Maybin broke out in 2008 and became one of the best defensive ends in the country.
In that 2008 season, Maybin recorded 49 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and three forced fumbles. The breakout season earned Maybin various accolades and recognition including being an All-American and a finalist for several awards.
Maybin left Happy Valley for the NFL after 2008 and was the 11th overall pick by te Buffalo Bills in the 2009 NFL Draft. Maybin’s NFL career didn’t go according to plan as he lasted just two seasons in Buffalo before speding a season and a half with the New York Jets.
Maybin went on to play for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL before retiring in 2013. He finished his career with 36 total tackles, six sacks, and five forced fumbles. Since retiring from football, Aaron has become an artist, a teacher, an activist in his hometown of Baltimore.
While Maybin’s NFL career didn’t go to plan, Nittany Lions fans will never forget his magical 2008 season and we at BSD are excited to continue to see what he does with his future away from the playing field.