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Aaron Maybin:
"Pick up a shovel and help me"

Aaron Maybin was an All-America linebacker at Penn State University and was drafted 11th overall by the Buffalo Bills in 2009. He played four seasons in the NFL for the Bills and New York Jets before retiring in 2014. He has since turned full-time to his art, chronicling his hometown’s challenges with poverty and crime through painting, photography and poetry, and he works as a teacher in Baltimore schools. Last winter, he became the outspoken face ...
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Aaron Maybin's "Celebration of the Arts" Week Recap

Highlights of the 2011 Celebration of the Arts Week's art workshops at schools, hospitals, shelters and a local hospital hosted by Aaron Maybin. Video Produced by Da Vision Pictures.

Aaron Maybin: Embracing Risk, the Beauty of the Unknown QA

Aaron Maybin at CreativeMornings Baltimore, April 2016. Free events like this one are hosted every month in dozens of cities. Discover hundreds of talks from the world’s creative community at

Black Business Review: People On the Move

Transitioning from a career in the National Football League (NFL) to a full time artist, Aaron Maybin made shifts not only in his lifestyle, but in his community.

Justice or Else: Where will you be on 10/10/2015

​In the fall of 1995, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan along with Local chapters of the NAACP, The Nation of Islam, and The National African American Leadership Summit....

The Power of Hip Hop

​I can remember being a teenager listening to people talk about the decline of, “real hip-hop,” and about, “ Hip-Hop being dead,” thinking that they were corny as hell. I had no space in my head for that kind of talk.

ABC7 WJLA Larry interviews artist Aaron Maybin

MD State Senate Candidate Angela Angel, Aaron Maybin & Friends Discuss Baltimore School Heat Crisis

MD State Senate Candidate Angela Angel holds a conversation with Baltimore community leaders during the Baltimore School Heat Crisis which spawned Operation Heat. Baltimore art & literacy teacher Aaron Maybin, formerly of the NFL, discusses how he used his social media to voice his dismay in 40 degree temperatures and students without coats. 

About Aaron

Aaron Maybin is barely 30 years old and yet he has lived a number of experiences that make both his work and his thinking far beyond his years. Maybin, a former NFL first round draft pick, artist, writer, father, and teacher offers critiques and analysis on the church, politics, education policy, and criminal justice reform just to name a few, through a lens of a young man coming of age at a period in America’s history as pivotal as the Civil Rights era of the 1960’s. A native of Baltimore, Aaron was front and center when his hometown erupted into chaos following the death of a young man in police custody. 

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The Nation-Jan 25,2018

We speak to him about his own personal journey as well as issues of race, class, and education facing Baltimore. 

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Baltimore Sun-Jan 9, 2018
Aaron Maybin sat in a West Baltimore elementary school library that was recently without heat and boomed a question at five students: “Do you …

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Sports IllustratedJan 4, 2018
Former NFL linebacker Aaron Maybin, who works as a teacher at Baltimore’s Matthew A. Henson Elementary School, is helping to raise money .
Press BoxJan 29, 2018
Baltimore native, former Penn State football star and NFL player Aaron Maybin — who teaches art at Matthew A. Henson Elementary School in …