William Thomas Maas (born March 2, 1962) is a former American football defensive tackle who played for the Kansas City Chiefs (1984–1992), and the Green Bay Packers (1993). Maas was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1986 and 1987. In 1984 Maas was named The NFL Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. He currently works as a commentator for Fox Sports. From 1998-01, he served as studio anchor and game analyst for NFL games.
|Born:||March 2, 1962|
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school:||Newtown Square (PA) Marple Newtown|
|NFL Draft:||1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
Bill's early years were spent in suburban Pennsylvania where he grew up alongside his sister Lizanne (Annie), his brother Murray Xavier, and his adopted Vietnamese brother, Ngo.
The USA Today reported August 7, 2007: Maas, 45, and a passenger in his Hummer, Sarah J. Murphy, 27, were arrested late Friday by Illinois State Police. During the stop on Illinois Route 116, police indicated that Maas seemed nervous, which prompted police to request a search of the vehicle, to which Maas consented.
The search turned up a .22-caliber revolver, five grams of suspected marijuana, six grams of suspected cocaine and 28 pills of Ecstasy, according to police. Both Maas and Murphy were charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Maas was also booked on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon.
On September 5, 2007, Maas was questioned and released following an incident at Kansas City International Airport in which authorities reportedly found a loaded 9mm Glock in a bag brought by the former football player to the airport before attempting to board a plane. The gun was confiscated at a screening station and Maas was taken to the airport police station for questioning, at which point he claimed to have picked up the wrong bag before coming to the airport. The incident is still under investigation.
High school careerEdit
Bill Maas played football at Marple Newtown High School but he wasn't exactly a household name. In fact, Maas' fine athletic skills were overlooked, in part because of his team's lack of success on the field. During his senior year, the Tigers finished with a dismal, 1-9 record. Surprisingly, the only school that expressed interest in him was the University of Pittsburgh, a college football powerhouse. And his performance at Pitt attracted the attention of pro football scouts.
Bill Maas spearheaded Pitt's dominating defensive fronts of the early 1980s with his tenacious play at tackle. He established himself early when as a freshman he blocked a punt and recorded a sack in Pitt's 1980 Gator Bowl victory over South Carolina. He then became a starter for his remaining three years with the Panthers, earning All-America honors in 1982. Maas played in the East–West Shrine Game before being the fifth-overall selection in the 1984 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Maas was the Chiefs first-round draft pick in 1984, the fifth player taken overall. He lived up to his first-round status as he became an instant star for the team at nose tackle, being named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year despite missing two games. After a career-high seven sacks in 1985, he matched that total the next season and was awarded his first Pro Bowl nod. He went back again to the Pro Bowl in the strike-shortened 1987 season after getting six sacks and scoring a touchdown off of a fumble recovery. Maas got off to a fast start in 1988, getting four sacks and a safety in his first seven games. He then got hurt in the eighth game and missed the rest of the season. The 1989 season was the first year in his career he didn't have a sack, as it was shortened to 10 games because of injury. He did score the last touchdown of his career off of a fumble. Kansas City moved him to defensive end in 1990. He got 5.5 sacks and a safety that season. After an injury-filled 1992 season, he joined the Green Bay Packers. He spent most of the year backing up John Jurkovic at nose tackle,
His 40 career sacks is tied with Mike Bell as the seventh most in Kansas City Chiefs history, and is the most by either a defensive tackle or nose tackle. Bill Maas is the first nose tackle in Chiefs history to make the Pro Bowl. He was the first Chief ever to win a Rookie of the Year Award, and he might be the best nose tackle in franchise history. During his career, Maas won acclaim for his relentless pass rushing ability and was selected twice for the Pro Bowl, as well as being named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Post NFL careerEdit
After retiring from pro football, he spent 12 years as a highly visible career broadcasting NFL games for Fox Sports.
While commercial real estate is his third career, Maas began investing in strip malls, storage units, and rental properties during his playing and broadcasting careers. “Commercial real estate was a natural fit and progression,” says Maas, director of real estate services at Block and Company in Kansas City, Mo.