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Russell Maryland
Defensive tackle
Jersey #(s)
67, 97
Born March 22, 1969 (1969-03-22) (age 40)
Chicago, Illinois
Career information
Year(s) 19912000
NFL Draft 1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
College Miami (FL)
Professional teams
Career stats
Sacks 24.5
Interceptions 1
Safeties 1
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Russell James Maryland (born March 22, 1969 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former American football player in the NFL. In a career lasting ten years, he played defensive tackle and nose tackle for the Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, and the Green Bay Packers.


Maryland was the first overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft, by the Dallas Cowboys, after the initial No. 1 prospect Raghib Ismail decided to sign with the Toronto Argonauts.[1] Even though the Cowboys did not have the worst record in the league that year, they used a draft choice acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots to make Maryland the number one overall choice.

Prior to joining the NFL, Maryland played college football at the University of Miami. He registered 96 tackles and 10½ quarterback sacks for the Hurricanes in 1990 and won the Outland Trophy for the best lineman in college, beating out offensive linemen Joe Garten and Stacy Long.[2]

A native of Chicago, Illinois, he played his high school football at Whitney Young High School.


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mohammed Elewonibi
Outland Trophy Winners
Succeeded by
Steve Emtman
Preceded by
Jeff George
1st Overall Pick in NFL Draft
Succeeded by
Steve Emtman


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