NFL Nation: Maurice Evans
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Here are some of the top stories in the Beast coming out of the weekend. Thanks for your continued interest:
- Quite a few landowners in Arlington didn't accept the city's initial offers when it was trying to acquire land for the Cowboys' new stadium. And according to city records, the holdouts were rewarded.
- The Mavericks have reached out to the Cowboys employees who were involved in last week's tragic events at Valley Ranch.
- Tony Romo will try to qualify for the HP Byron Nelson Championship on Tuesday.
- Former Cowboys defensive tackle Leon Lett picked up his college diploma Saturday. Pretty cool story from the Dallas Morning News' Barry Horn.
- Would former Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister be a good fit in Dallas?
- Eagles president Joe Banner is receiving a very prestigious honor for his work in the community.
- Bob Ford is blogging about Drew Rosenhaus' prolific Twittering.
- Here's another story about a player (Ellis Hobbs) finishing his degree.
- The great Freddie Mitchell is back in the news -- after making a fascinating video.
- Paul Schwartz says that former UConn standout William Beatty is in no rush to crack the starting lineup.
- Former Penn State defensive end Maurice Evans is an intriguing prospect with a spotty past.
- If you're wondering what became of Eric Dorsey, here ya go.
- Jason Campbell talks about Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas.
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|The Buffalo Bills hope rookie defensive end Aaron Maybin can provide a serious pass-rush threat that was missing in 2008.|
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The scene was typical for a teenage boy and his father.
Together in a van on a long drive, the father began to preach a little. In this particular case, he really was a preacher. With nowhere to escape, his son stared out the window and looked for anything amid the passing landscape to distract him from the lecture.
Only this wasn't some mundane interlude. The teen wasn't ignoring the speech or rolling his eyes. He was absorbing every word. The tears welled.
Maybin was 17 and on his way to Penn State for a Nike camp. College football recruiters from across the country had begun to notice his athletic ability. He had the size, the speed, the explosiveness that made them slobber. He was on the verge of landing a full scholarship to practically any college in the East.
"Everything was really starting to come together," he said.
Michael Maybin reminded Aaron of what they had endured, shared some painful regrets. Aaron's mother died while delivering his little sister. He was 6.
Michael Maybin was the 12th of 14 children and the son of a steelworker. Nobody in the family earned a college degree. He attended Penn State for a while but didn't finish. That kept him from being the provider he wanted to be.
"Before we both knew it we both were looking out the window, trying not to make eye contact with each other because we were both crying," Aaron Maybin said. "He spent a lot of time relaying how badly he wanted to see his son be successful.
"That was a time when he allowed himself to be vulnerable and express to me how much he really loved me. We expressed to each other what our feelings were. We both put it out on the table how important it was for us to see that moment happen for us the right way."
One day after his father's seminal speech, Aaron Maybin was incandescent at that Nike camp. Penn State coach Joe Paterno offered him a scholarship that opened the door for all sorts of glorious possibilities.
The tears returned Saturday. Aaron Maybin's dream of being in the NFL came true.
The Bills drafted him 11th overall. He left Penn State a year early, but he's looking at a contract that will pay him around $4 million a year and about $14 million in guarantees.
"This whole thing is mind-blowing," said Michael Maybin, a fire inspector and associate minister at Transformation Church of Jesus Christ in Baltimore. "He went into a press conference at his school as Aaron Maybin, a defensive end heading to Penn State and walked out a corporation."
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