Maryland Selected For College HOF

Russell Maryland closed a terrific college and professional career by starting all 16 games for the Packers in 2000.

Of the five college football legends with ties to the Green Bay Packers, only Russell Maryland was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday.

A highly decorated player from Miami's national championship teams in 1987 and 1989, 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.

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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 losses 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 concluded his career in 2000 as a 16-game starter with the Packers.

Maryland 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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