This important fundraising event will take you into the heart of AT&T Stadium as you hear from Dallas Cowboys legend Russell Maryland! Be one of the few people to hear from this three time Super Bowl Champion about his storied decade-long career in the NFL.

Champions for Kids unites individuals, corporate partners, and top leaders in the county to raise critical funds to support our 26 Clubs in the area and the more than 23,000 at-risk youth we serve every year.

Your generous support will help ensure that Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County will continue to be accessible to the youth who need our help the most in the county that we all care so much about.


Keynote Speaker

Russell James Maryland (born March 22, 1969) is a former professional American football player. He played defensive tackle for ten seasons for the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cowboys first overall in the 1991 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Miami Hurricanes.

Early Years

Maryland was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where he played high school football at Whitney Young High School. He was not highly recruited and the only major college program to offer him a scholarship was the University of Miami.

In 1989, he was named third team All-American. As a senior in 1990, he registered 96 tackles and 10½ quarterback sacks for the Hurricanes. He was named All-American, College Football Lineman of the Year by the UPI and became the first Hurricane player ever to receive the Outland Trophy for the best lineman in college.

Maryland finished his college career with 279 tackles, 25 tackles for losses and 20.5 quarterback sacks, while helping his team win two national championships, four bowl games, a perfect home record and a 44-4 overall record.

Prior to his graduation from Miami, Russell was inducted into the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the highest honor bestowed by the university.

Maryland was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011 and to the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.


Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

He was the first overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft, by the Dallas Cowboys, after the initial No. 1 prospect Raghib Ismail decided to sign with the Toronto Argonauts.[3] After the New England Patriots failed to sign Ismail, the Cowboys attempted to do so by trading for the first overall pick, sending the Patriots Eugene Lockhart, Ron Francis, David Howard, a 1991 first round pick (#11 Pat Harlow) and a 1991 second round pick (#41 Jerome Henderson).

Maryland started as a rookie defensive tackle and from the beginning showed the relentless motor and effort that he would be known for. He was especially stout against the run and helped the team win three Super Bowls. In 1993 he was named to his only Pro Bowl.

Oakland Raiders

In 1996 he signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders and played for the team until the end of the 1999 season when he was waived.

Green Bay Packers

In 2000 he was signed as a free agent by the Green Bay Packers where he played only one year.

During his 10-year career he started 140-of-154 games, had 375 tackles, 24.5 sacks and forced nine fumbles.


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For additional event information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

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