Jim Maxwell (American football)
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|Date of birth:||August 8, 1981|
|Place of birth:||Johnsonville, South Carolina|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||240 lb (109 kg)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
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|Stats at CFL.ca|
James Maxwell (born August 8, 1981 in Johnsonville, South Carolina) is a former American football linebacker. He was signed by the NFL New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at Gardner-Webb.
At the beginning of his college football career his coach asked him if he wanted to sit on the bench or play defense. Maxwell started all 42 games in which he played during his four-year collegiate career at Gardner-Webb from 2000 to 2003. He finished his career with 306 tackles, 10 sacks, four interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries and eight forced fumbles. He was a first-team All-Big South Conference selection as a senior in 2003 when he tallied 116 tackles, three sacks and an interception. He graduated with a degree in business administration.
New York Giants
Maxwell went undrafted in the 2004 NFL Draft and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Giants on April 27, 2004. He was waived by the team following training camp on August 30 but was re-signed to the practice squad. Maxwell was promoted to the active roster on September 14 and remained there the final 14 games of the regular season. He recorded seven tackles and a sack on defense and 11 stops on special teams.
Prior to the 2005 season, Maxwell was recognized by the NFL for completing his college studies and earning an MBA from Gardner-Webb. He was able to earn the degree by taking advantage of the Continuing Education Program, offered by the NFL Player Development Department.
In 2005, Maxwell once again was waived by the Giants at the conclusion of the preseason.
San Francisco 49ers
On October 11, the San Francisco 49ers signed him to their active roster, where he stayed for 11 games. On the year, he recorded seven tackles on defense, and finished third on team on with 14 stops on special teams. He also recovered a fumble on special teams.
Maxwell was waived by the 49ers on September 2, 2006.
With linebacker Derrick Pope nursing a hamstring injury prior to Week 6, the Dolphins signed Maxwell to their active roster on October 11. He ended up playing in a reserve role eight games during the season and was inactive three times. He made his Dolphin debut in a special teams role on October 15 against the New York Jets. He finished the season with three solo tackles and one assisted tackle.
Jim Maxwell's debut with the Cincinnati Bengals came on December 15, 2007 in a 13-20 loss at San Francisco. Despite the team loss, Maxwell recorded his first two tackles as a Bengal. He was released during final cuts on August 30, 2008.