Derrick Mayes

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Derrick Mayes
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Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1974-01-28) January 28, 1974 (age 50)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:207 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:North Central
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
College:Notre Dame
NFL draft:1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:1,823
Receiving TDs:16
Player stats at · PFR

Derrick Binet Mayes (born January 28, 1974) is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver for five seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, earning second-team All-American honors in 1995. He was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. Mayes also played for the Seattle Seahawks, and was briefly a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Early years[edit]

After playing high school football at North Central High School in Indianapolis,[1] Mayes played college football at the University of Notre Dame from 1992 to 1995. He held the school record for career touchdown receptions[2] until the record was broken by Jeff Samardzija.

Professional career[edit]

Green Bay Packers[edit]

The Green Bay Packers selected Mayes in the second round (56th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft.[3][4] He caught six passes in his rookie season,[5] and roomed with fellow receiver Andre Rison once Rison joined the team mid-season.[6] He was part of the Packers' Super Bowl XXXI winning team. In 1997, Mayes took on a bit of a punt returning role as well as expanding his time on offense.[7] Mayes had arguably his best game as a Packer in 1998, catching three touchdowns in a game against the Carolina Panthers.[8] Before the 1999 season, Mayes was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a seventh-round draft pick.[9]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

In Mayes' first season in Seattle, he caught a career-high 62 passes for 829 yards and 10 touchdowns.[10] In 2000, Mayes only caught 29 passes and one touchdown.[11] On March 1, 2001, Mayes was cut by the Seahawks.[12]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Mayes was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs on July 10, 2001,[13] but was released during final roster cutdowns later that year.[14]

Post-career life[edit]

Mayes graduated from Notre Dame with a communications degree. He now does video work, speaks to high school athletes, and runs former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz's foundation.[15] He also starred in Ultimate Hustler, a "hip-hop Celebrity Apprentice," in 2005.[16]


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  2. ^ "Waking the Echoes: Mayes puts life before football // The Observer". The Observer. 2014-11-19. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  3. ^ "1996 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  4. ^ Chepovetsky, Michael. "Derrick Mayes, Kansas City Chiefs, Widereceiver career stats on Sportometry". Sportometry. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  5. ^ "Derrick Mayes". Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  6. ^ Pearlman, Jeff (2016). Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable and Iconic Life of Brett Favre. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 210. ISBN 978-0-544-45437-8.
  7. ^ "Derrick Mayes: Career Stats at". Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  8. ^ "Derrick Mayes: Leadership defined '90s Packers". Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  9. ^ "Packers trade Mayes to Seattle". Chippewa Herald. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  10. ^ "Derrick Mayes 1999 Game Log".
  11. ^ Sports, Fox. "Derrick Mayes Stats - Season & Career Statistics". Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  12. ^ Sports, Fox. "Derrick Mayes Transactions: Signings, Trades & more". Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  13. ^ reports, From staff and wire. "Chiefs sign receiver Mayes |". Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  14. ^ "The Landmark - Chiefs Chatter (Monday Morning Quarterback suggests". Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  15. ^ "Q&A with Derrick Mayes". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2017-02-01.
  16. ^ " | News | Stories | August 17, 2006: Mayes Goes From Sure-Handed Receiver To Filmmaker". Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved 2017-02-01.