HBO’s behind the scenes football documentary Hard Knocks featured Mt. Hebron graduate Aaron Maybin’s quest to remake himself into an NFL linebacker on Tuesday night and it didn’t end well.
The episode ended with Maybin meeting with Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, who informed the former first round NFL draft pick that he had been cut from the team.
Maybin is entering his fifth year in the NFL, but it may be his last.
He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2009 as the 11th pick overall. At the time, he was coming out of Penn State as a defensive end. But after four less-than-impressive seasons in the NFL he was hoping to find a spot at linebacker with the Bengals.
The switch didn’t go so well. He played briefly in the Bengals’ preseason game against the Titans last week, but his training camp performance wasn’t enough to prompt the Bengals to keep him.
In the Hard Knocks episode, Maybin told Lewis after being informed he was cut, “I understand. I’ve been in the game long enough to know how it goes.”
The episode also showcased Maybin’s off-the-field artwork. In a sparse studio Maybin created paintings of a Bengal’s eye and an angel.
But as Pro Football Talk notes, “Perhaps a career in art is in his future. He doesn’t seem to have much of a future in the NFL.”
Maybin graduated from Mt. Hebron High School in 2006. In high school he was named a second team all-state selection and first team all-Howard County selection. In 2009, he founded a charity called Project Mayhem to provide help to underprivileged youth.