Joe Maxey is a professional football free agent that’s looking for an opportunity to play the game he loves for a living.
Maxey is originally from Huntsville, Texas, where he was a four year letterman on his Varsity Football team and a three year letterman in Track & Field. Out of high school he made a verbal commitment to play at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, but unfortunately, due to grades, his commitment fell short and he had to look for other options. Maxey was honored with 1st Team All-District and 2nd Team All-Region honors as an offensive utility specialist his senior season, but despite those awards, no more offers came through. Wanting to continue playing football at the college level, Maxey had a tough decision to make on which school he could walk on the team.
Maxey ultimately decided it would be best to go the Junior College route and walk on at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, his freshman year. Due to a change in position and an injury Maxey was cut from the team. This led him to transfer to Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. Maxey was selected to join Blinn’s team during a tryout in 2011, which consisted of 82 other Running Backs, a feat that would eventually prove his worth and help get himself noticed at bigger schools.
Willie Fritz, former coach at Sam Houston State, saw something in Maxey and offered him a walk on opportunity in 2013 while he was finishing up his final semester at Blinn. However, upsetting news was told once again after he first arrived on campus. “I was told that I was one 3 credit class short of having my associates degree in order to be eligible to play,” said Maxey. He was told to come back and compete for a spot that spring since the NCAA would not allow him to participate in any activities with the team that semester. While finishing up his last class, Maxey’s path met another hurdle. Coach Fritz ended up leaving that spring for a head coaching job at Georgia Southern. Unfortunately, this coaching change led to Maxey missing his opportunity to walk on the team, as the offer was no longer on the table.
With no other schools to turn to, Semi-Pro Football was his only option, so he began to play in 2014. He played up until last year during the 2016 season for the Tomball Bobcats. The team out of Tomball, Texas, is a member of the Texas Ultimate Football Alliance, and is one of the premiere leagues in Texas. After the season, he recognized that he had to do something else in order to get noticed by professional league scouts. “I realized that Semi-Pro wasn’t benefiting me in accomplishing my goals, my goal has always been to play professional football,” said Maxey.
Now, Maxey is on a mission to get that shot at the professional level. He has been working hard on the field and in the weight room while shooting prospect videos, hoping this would help his chances. “I have what it takes, I love the game with all my heart, and I carry myself as a professional on and off of the field,” said Maxey. Time and again he has proven that his love of football continues to push him forward even when met with obstacles, and that he is worth taking a chance on.