Joe Mays (American football)
Warming up before a game in Denver in September, 2010.
|No. 53 New York Jets|
|Date of birth:||July 6, 1985|
|Place of birth:||Chicago, Illinois|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||244 lb (111 kg)|
|College:||North Dakota State|
|NFL draft:||2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 200|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
|Stats at NFL.com|
Joseph Lamont Mays (born July 6, 1985) is an American football linebacker for the New York Jets 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.
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.
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.
On August 2, 2009, the starting linebacker for the Eagles, Stewart Bradley, suffered a season-ending torn ACL during training camp. At subsequent Eagles practices, Mays was promoted to Bradley's position, middle linebacker, although Omar Gaither beat him out for the job.
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. 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.
Kansas City Chiefs
Mays signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on March 12, 2014. Due to an injury suffered in the Chiefs final preseason game, Mays was place on injured reserve with a designated for return tag, and was activated on November 8, 2014. He was released on March 5, 2015.
New York Jets
Mays earned a degree in physical education from North Dakota State. He and his wife, LaToyia, have one son, Jai, and one daughter, Joi.
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- "Broncos release Joe Mays". ESPN News. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
- "Joe Mays, Houston Texans reportedly strike one-year contract". NFL.com. July 29, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
- Chiefs Ink Abdullah, Mays & Linkenbach
- "Chiefs Sign S Kurt Coleman; LB Joe Mays to IR". KCChiefs.com.
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