Dallas Cowboys great and three-time NFL Super Bowl Champion, Russell Maryland, has been named the keynote speaker of the 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Team Kickoff Luncheon, presented by the Omni Fort Worth Hotel and American Airlines. The luncheon will take place at noon (CST) on December 29, 2011, the day prior to the annual postseason college football bowl game.
Russell Maryland began his football career in Chicago, Ill., where he was born and raised before going on to the University of Miami where he played as a lineman. During his final season at Miami in 1990, Maryland registered 96 tackles and 10.5 quarterback sacks for the Hurricanes, earning him the title of team MVP as well as the Outland Trophy, presented each year to the nation’s best collegiate interior lineman. He completed his college career with 279 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks while helping the Hurricanes to two national titles, four bowl victories, a perfect home record and a 44-4 overall record in his four seasons at "The U" (1986-1990).
The Dallas Cowboys then selected Maryland as the first overall pick in the 1991 NFL draft. Maryland, a defensive tackle, helped earn the Cowboys three Super Bowl titles (XXVII, XXVIII, XXX) during his tenure there (1991-1995). He also represented “America’s Team” in the 1993 Pro Bowl before signing with the Oakland Raiders (1996-1999) and the Green Bay Packers where he completed his NFL career in 2000. Maryland started 140-of-154 games during his 10-year professional football career.
Off the field, Maryland founded the Russell Maryland Foundation in 1993 and is a board member of the Cowboys of Color Museum. Since his retirement from the NFL, he has become a resident of Southlake, Texas, where he participates in the "Digging for Dragons" fundraising initiative to restore educational programs in the Southlake ISD. He and his wife, Rose, have three children.
Tickets for the noon luncheon held at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel can be purchased for $50 at ArmedForcesBowl.com beginning November 10, or by calling the bowl office at 817-810-0012.