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Football Alum Brad Maynard Named to MAC Hall of Fame

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Release: April 18, 2013
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Brad Maynard, who lettered in football at Ball State from 1993-96, will be inducted into the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame May 30 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Seven new members will form the 2013 MAC Hall of Fame Induction Class at the MAC Honor’s Dinner at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel Thurs., May 30.

Joining Maynard are Dave Keilitz (Central Michigan, baseball), Kim Knuth (Toledo, women’s basketball), Bill Mallory (Miami, football), John Offerdahl (Western Michigan, football), Christi Smith (Akron, track and field) and Gary Trent (Ohio, men’s basketball).

“It is only appropriate for our conference to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of our former student-athletes and coaches, specifically these seven individuals, and their achievements during their time competing in the Mid-American Conference,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, MAC Commissioner.  “We are honored to welcome them to the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame.”

 

Maynard was the first punter in the history of college football to be named an  NCAA Division IA conference most valuable player when he was named the MAC's Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year after the 1996 season.

 

During his collegiate career, Maynard ranked first in school history for punt yardage and punts in a career, and set the school and MAC record for career punt average.  Maynard participated in two bowl games in his Ball State career and following his senior season was invited to both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine.

 

Maynard was a first team consensus All-American in both 1995 and 1996 and a second team All-American in 1994. Maynard was the nation's No. 1 punter in 1995, No.3 punter in 1994 and the No. 6 punter in 1996.

 

He was a first team All-MAC selection in 1994, 1995 and 1996. Maynard also earned second team honors in 1993. He was selected as an Academic All-MAC first team selection in 1994.

 

Maynard was drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. During his NFL career, Maynard set NFL records for most punts in a Super Bowl, most punts by a rookie (1997) and most punt yards by a rookie (1997).  During his 15-year NFL career Maynard played for three different NFL teams -- the New York Giants (1997-2000), Chicago Bears (2001-2010) and Cleveland Browns (2011).  

The MAC Hall of Fame was approved by the MAC Council of Presidents in 1987.  The charter class was inducted in 1988 and subsequent classes were added in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1994.  After six induction classes, the MAC Hall of Fame maintained 52 members until it was reinstated in May of 2012.  This year’s class brings the number of MAC Hall of Fame inductees to 65 individuals from eight classes.

Ball State's previous inductees into the MAC Hall of Fame include Ray McCallum (basketball, inducted 1988), Shafer Suggs (football, inducted 1989), Ken Kremer (football, inducted 1991), Maurice Harvey (football, inducted 1992), John Pruis (President, inducted 1994) and Karen Fitzpatrick (field hockey, inducted 2012).

“I am extremely proud we have reinstated the MAC Hall of Fame, which was originally started by former MAC Commissioner Jim Lessig.  Our Hall of Fame is a testament to the achievement of those that have competed in this great conference,” added Steinbrecher. 

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