The third-year cornerback stepped into the starting lineup on the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense in December because of an injury to starter
Sunday is Maxwell’s 25th birthday, but what could possibly top what has happened to him in the past two months?
Pete Carroll supplied the answer this week when asked about Maxwell at the NFL Scouting Combine.
“That’s a great story,” the Seahawks’ coach said. “Byron came in; he was a lower-round pick (sixth round in 2011). Really good, competitive, tough kid. Showed his metal in special teams. Was a great gunner on special teams, and that tells you something about a player. He really jumped out at us.”
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When needed, Maxwell was there.
“For us to see that emergence was enormous for our football season,” Carroll said. “When Byron had his chance, while other people were thinking, ‘Oh boy, they’re going to their second-team guy,’ I was really excited because I had seen what he had done to get there.
“I was hoping he’d handle it well. And boy, he handled it beautifully.”
So, only beautiful birthday wishes to there-when-needed Byron Maxwell.