| University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
Year Inducted: 2001
One of the most intimidating and dominating defensive linemen of his era of college football, Russell Maryland left a legacy of excellence that few will ever match. The first Miami player to win the coveted Outland Trophy (nation's top interior lineman) in 1990, Maryland captured virtually every award in his grasp during his outstanding senior season.
A consensus All-American in 1990, Maryland was a first-team All-America selection by Associated Press, United Press International, Kodak, the Walter Camp Football Foundation, The Football News, and The Sporting News. He also was the UPI's selection as 1990 College Football Lineman of the Year. Maryland, who finished his UM career with 279 tackles, 25 tackles for losses and 20.5 quarterback sacks, was UM's Jack Harding Most Valuable Player Award winner in 1990.
Maryland, also an excellent student, was inducted into UM's elite Iron Arrow fraternity before his graduation and was the first player chosen in the 1991 NFL Draft (by the Dallas Cowboys). A native of Chicago, Illinois, Maryland remains an active pro player for the Green Bay Packers. He also played for Dallas (1991-95) and Oakland (1996-99), winning three Super Bowls with the Cowboys.
Russell was selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame on May 17, 2011 ! His College Hall of Fame bio is below:
University of Miami
Defensive Tackle, 1986-90
A highly decorated player from Miami's national championship teams in 1987 and 1989, Russell Maryland left a wake of victories during his storied collegiate football career. He is the fifth Hurricane to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
A unanimous All-American as a senior in 1990, Maryland took home the Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman. He was a Lombardi Award finalist and was named the College Football Lineman of the Year by the UPI. He completed his Hurricanes career with 279 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks. Miami's Jack Harding Most Valuable Player Award winner in 1990, Maryland helped the Hurricanes to two national titles, four bowl wins, a perfect home record and a 44-4 overall record in his four seasons in Coral Gables.
Inducted into UM's Iron Arrow Honor Society prior to graduation, Maryland was the first pick in the 1991 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He helped the Cowboys win three Super Bowls, played in the 1993 Pro Bowl and started 140-of-154 games in his 10-year career. Maryland posted 375 tackles, 24.5 sacks and forced nine fumbles as a pro.
He founded the Russell Maryland Foundation in 1993 and is a board member of the Cowboys of Color Museum. A native of Southlake, Texas, Maryland participates in the "Digging for Dragons" fundraising initiative to restore educational programs in Southlake ISD. He and his wife, Rose, have three children.
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