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.
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.
|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|
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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.
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.
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.
The 1982 Sugar Bowl was played on January 1, 1982, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. It featured the second-ranked Georgia Bulldogs of the Southeastern Conference, the defending national champions, and the eighth-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers. The Panthers won the game 24–20, and moved up to fourth (#2 UPI) in the final polls, while the Bulldogs dropped to sixth (#5 UPI). It has often been called one of the greatest bowl games, and bowl upsets, of all time. It also marks the last time the Pitt Panthers won a major bowl game1983 Pittsburgh Panthers football team
The 1983 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season.1984 Kansas City Chiefs season
The 1984 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 15th season in the National Football League, the 23rd as the Kansas City Chiefs, and the 25th overall.
Pro Bowl safety Gary Barbaro became the most notable Chiefs player to defect to the rival United States Football League, signing with the New Jersey Generals on February 2 after sitting out the entire 1983 campaign due to a contract dispute. Barbaro's departure and the trade of cornerback Gary Green began a youth movement that produced the most vaunted secondary in team history. Cornerbacks Kevin Ross and Albert Lewis, and safeties Deron Cherry and Lloyd Burruss accounted for a combined 13 Pro Bowl appearances for the Chiefs in the years to come.
All-America defensive tackle Bill Maas and offensive tackle John Alt were both selected in the first round of the 1984 NFL Draft. Maas was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, while Alt eventually became the cornerstone of the club's offensive line later in the decade. Kansas City's defense registered a team-record 11.0 sacks in a 10–6 win against Cleveland on September 30, coming one sack shy of the NFL single-game record.Quarterback Bill Kenney suffered a broken thumb during the preseason and was sidelined until the season's seventh week. Second-year backup Quarterback Todd Blackledge opened the first six contests of the season and had the club at 3–3. Kenney returned to the starting lineup against the New York Jets on October 21, but inconsistency marked the rest of the season as the club dropped four of first five contests after his return. However, the team rattled off three consecutive wins to conclude the year at 8–8.The Chiefs were also involved in infamy during the November 4th game against the Seattle Seahawks, in which the Chiefs QBs threw six interceptions, four of which were returned for touchdowns in a 45-0 loss.1986 All-Pro Team
The 1986 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers Association, Pro Football Weekly and The Sporting News in 1986. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the five teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 1986 the AP chose two defensive tackles (one a nose-tackle) rather than two defensive tackles and one nose tackles as they had done since 1981. The Pro Football Writers Association returned to a 4-3 format for their 1986 defense.1987 All-Pro Team
The 1987 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers Association, Pro Football Weekly and The Sporting News in 1987. Both first- and second- teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the five teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 1987 NEA went with a 3-4 format for their All-Pro defense.1987 Kansas City Chiefs season
The 1987 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 18th season in the National Football League and the 28th overall.
Under new head coach Frank Gansz, The Chiefs split their first two games never recovered and the Chiefs replacement players went 0-3. After the regulars returned, the Chiefs continued to struggle losing their next four games to stand at 1-8. The Chiefs would go on to finish with a disappointing 4-11 record, a year after making the playoffs in 1986.1996 Atlanta Falcons season
The 1996 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise’s 31st season in the National Football League (NFL). The Falcons were unable to match their previous season’s output of 9–7 and failed to reach the playoffs. Atlanta started the season 0–8, going winless until November. Two of the team’s three wins were over the equally inept New Orleans Saints, who also finished 3–13.
This was the final season were the Falcons wore the screen printed numbers on the jerseys.
The Falcons allowed 461 points in 1996, the most in team history. Football Outsiders calculates that the 1996 Falcons had the third-worst pass defense they had ever tracked.The season was notable when Jeff George was engaged in a shouting match with June Jones in a nationally televised game against Philadelphia. The next day, George was suspended for his act and was eventually released by the team. As for coach Jones, he was fired at the conclusion of the season.1996 Chicago Bears season
The 1996 Chicago Bears season was their 77th regular season completed in the National Football League (NFL). They failed to improve on their 9-7 record from 1995 and finished with a 7–9 record under head coach Dave Wannstedt. It was the team's first losing season since 1993 when it was Wannstedt's first season.1996 New Orleans Saints season
The 1996 New Orleans Saints season was the team's 30th as a member of the National Football League. They were unable to match their previous season's output of 7–9 and finished with the second
worst sixteen-game record in team history at 3-13. The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth straight year. It would be Jim Mora's final season as the team's head coach. His exit from the team was highlighted by his infamous "didly poo" rant following an embarrassing Week 8 loss to the Carolina Panthers.1996 St. Louis Rams season
The 1996 St. Louis Rams season was the franchise’s 59th year with the National Football League (NFL) and the second season in St. Louis. It was marked by a 59–16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in week 11. The Rams’ point tally in that game was the highest by an NFL team since 1989, when the Cincinnati Bengals scored 61 points. Safety Keith Lyle tied first for the league lead in interceptions, with 9. However, the Rams finished the season with a 6–10 record. Head coach Rich Brooks was fired after the season1996 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season
The 1996 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the team's 21st in the National Football League.
The season began with the team trying to improve on a 7–9 season in 1995. It was the first season for first-time head coach Tony Dungy.
The 1996 Buccaneers season would be a turning point for the franchise, as the team began to acquire the personnel that would lead it into its most successful era.
The 1996 season also marked the debut year the team wore stitched up authentic name and numbers on jersey and the final year the Buccaneers wore their trademark orange and white uniforms.2002 Carolina Panthers season
The 2002 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 8th season in the National Football League and the 1st under head coach John Fox. They tried to improve upon their 1–15 record in 2001, and make it to the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.
The Panthers would improve six games, but they still failed to make the playoffs, despite moving from the NFC West to the more geographically accurate NFC South, finishing 7–9, five games behind the division champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.2004 Cotton Bowl Classic
The 2004 Cotton Bowl Classic was a post-season college football bowl game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Ole Miss Rebels on January 2, 2004, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. It was the final game of the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season for each team and resulted in a 31-28 Ole Miss victory. Ole Miss represented the Southeastern Conference (SEC) while Oklahome State represented the Big 12 Conference. It was Ole Miss's first January bowl victory since the 1970 Sugar Bowl and first Cotton Bowl Classic appearance since 1962.2005 Chicago Bears season
The 2005 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 86th season in the National Football League and 24th post-season completed in the National Football League. The team improved to an 11–5 record from a 5-11 record in 2004, earning them their first NFC North title and the second seed in the NFC for the playoffs.
The season started off with the club trying to rebound from a 5–11 season under now coach Lovie Smith. Smith, in his first year with the Bears, had been eager to lead his young team to a Super Bowl, but a preseason injury to starting quarterback Rex Grossman spelled disaster for the Bears.The 2005 Bears began the season on a negative note, winning only one of their first four games. Despite their poor passing game, the Bears managed to win eight consecutive games, through perseverance on defense and a solid running game. The Bears eventually clinched a playoff berth on Christmas Day against the Green Bay Packers. However, in their first playoff game in almost four years, the Carolina Panthers upset the Bears, 29–21.Foge Fazio
Serafino Dante "Foge" Fazio (February 28, 1938 – December 2, 2009) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 1982 to 1985. Fazio was an assistant coach with five teams in the National Football League (NFL) between 1988 and 2002.
Fazio played linebacker and center at the University of Pittsburgh, and was drafted by the Boston Patriots of the American Football League, but never played professionally. He returned to Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, where he grew up, to begin his coaching career at the high school level, and then moved to the college ranks. He was hired as head coach by his alma mater, Pitt in 1982, having previously been defensive coordinator under Jackie Sherrill, leading the team to a 25–18–3 record in four seasons before being fired. Several of Fazio's defenses have been acclaimed as some of the best units in college football history, particularly the #2-ranked 1980 team which featured several players who went on to have successful careers in the NFL, including Rickey Jackson, Bill Maas, Carlton Williamson, and Hugh Green, who finished second in the 1980 Heisman Trophy balloting. After Fazio's stint as head coach at Pitt, Lou Holtz then hired him to serve as the defensive coordinator at the University of Notre Dame. At the college level, Fazio also coached at Boston University, Harvard University and the University of Cincinnati.
Fazio moved to the NFL in 1988, coaching for the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets before becoming the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings in 1995. He left the Vikings in 1999 and spent a year as the linebackers coach of the Washington Redskins before his hiring as the defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns in 2001. He retired from the Browns in 2003, but was hired as a defensive consultant by Mike Tice of the Vikings in the 2005 season.
Following his retirement from coaching he did color commentary for the radio broadcast of Pitt football games during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Fazio died on December 2, 2009 at the age of 71, as the result of a long bout with leukemia.List of Cotton Bowl Classic broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who have broadcast college football's Cotton Bowl Classic throughout the years.List of NFL on Fox commentator pairings
These are the following announcer pairings for the NFL on Fox.List of World Bowl broadcasters
The following is a list of the television networks and announcers who broadcast the World Bowl. The World Bowl was the championship game of the now defunct NFL Europa (and its forerunner, the World League of American Football).NFL QB Club 2002
NFL QB Club 2002 is a football video game developed by Acclaim Studios Austin and published by Acclaim Entertainment under their Acclaim Sports banner. It is the final game in Acclaim's NFL Quarterback Club before EA sports brought it in 2003. It received positive review's, Critics praised the gameplay and graphics, but did say the gameplay was way to easy. Some of the game's key features are:
NFL Quarterback Challenge mode, featuring four head-to-head events: Speed and Mobility, Accuracy, Long Distance Throw and Read & Recognition.
Unlock retired players like John Elway, Dan Marino, Steve Young, Jim Kelly and Phil Simms
31 NFL clubs and over 1500 NFL players.
Play-by-play from Kevin Harlan and color commentary from Bill Maas.
Player models feature blinking eyes, jaw motions, facial expressions and removable helmets.
Player injuries, penalties and weather conditions affect season play and individual player performance.
5 modes of play: Season, Exhibition, Challenge Mode, Playoffs, and Pro Bowl.