NFL cornerback returns to Fort Dorchester

  • Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Roger Lee/Journal Scene - This year Seattle Seahawks’ Corner Back Byron Maxwell took over the sponsorship for Fort Dorchester’s annual Air it Out Passing Tournament. -

 Seattle Seahawks Cornerback Byron Maxwell returned to his hometown of North Charleston last week to help out his old team.
Maxwell, who wore a Fort Dorchester High School uniform from 2003 until 2005, spent most of the day Saturday at his old school watching the annual Air it Out 7-on-7 Passing Tournament. This year, Maxwell became the sponsor for the event.
“Byron wanted to do something to help us and I said well you are a defensive back so why don’t you sponsor the Air it Out Tournament,” Fort Dorchester Athletic Director/football coach Steve LaPrad said. “With his help now anything we make off it goes right to our booster club because he takes care of all the stuff like paying the officials for the tournament.”
Maxwell said the sponsorship basically provides him the chance to give back to his community and to set a good example for young athletes.
“I think it is very important to show guys that whatever they dream of doing, they can do it,” he said.
Maxwell is preparing for his third season in the NFL. In his first two seasons with the Seahawks he played in 18 games. Last season, he had 14 tackles, including 10 solo tackles. He also forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
The Seahawks have a lot of depth in their secondary and Maxwell has to compete with athletes such as Pro Bowler Brandon Browner but with two years of experience in Seattle’s system now under his belt Maxwell is hoping to make major contributions next season.
“I take my role as it comes and just focus on doing everything 110 percent,” Maxwell said. “I can’t control those decisions so whatever my role is I’m going to try to do whatever I can to be successful. We have a lot of talent, not just in the secondary, but across the board. We are looking forward to next season because we think we can do some big things. We just have to stay hungry and stay humble.”
Maxwell was drafted with the eighth pick in the sixth round (173rd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He was the second cornerback selected.
At Clemson he registered 165 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, a sack, four interceptions, 20 pass breakups, and six caused fumbles in a school record-tying 53 games. He had 45 career special teams tackles. His six career forced fumbles are among the top-10 figures in Clemson history.
Once credited as being one of the hardest hitting defensive backs in the ACC, Maxwell played in four bowl games and had 16 combined tackles in those games.
Due to an ACL injury Maxwell only played two seasons for Fort Dorchester but they were two very productive seasons. He finished his high school career with 123 tackles including three for a loss. He also made eight interceptions and broke up 31 passes as a Patriot.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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