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Aaron Gibson

Aaron Gibson
No. 71, 63, 78
Offensive Lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-09-27) September 27, 1977
Place of birth: Indianapolis, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Weight: 410 lb (186 kg)
Career information
High school: Indianapolis (IN) Decatur Central
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27
Debuted in 1999 for the Detroit Lions
Last played in 2007 for the Austin Wranglers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played 38
Games started 34
Stats at
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Aaron Gibson (born September 27, 1977) is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons. He played college football for the University of Wisconsin, and was a consensus All-American. A first-round pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears of the NFL, and the Austin Wranglers of the Arena Football League.

Early years

Gibson was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis, and was a letterman in football and track and field. In football, as a senior, he was a first team all-state selection and was named as a Top 33 Pick by the Bloomington Herald-Times. He holds the record for heaviest NFL player ever, at 410 lbs, weighing over 440 lbs in high school.[1]

College career

Gibson attended the University of Wisconsin, and played for the Wisconsin Badgers football team from 1995 to 1998. As a senior right tackle in 1998, Gibson was recognized as a consensus first-team All-America, after having been named to the All-American first teams of the Football Writers Association, American Football Coaches Association, and the Football News and the Walter Camp Foundation. Gibson was also a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten Conference selection.

Professional career

In the 1999 NFL Scouting Combine, Gibson ran the 40 yard dash in 5.35 seconds.[2] He was described as "a proto-type right tackle in the NFL," for having "a huge body with big legs and a gigantic chest."[2]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 7 in 386 lb 5.35 s 1.79 s 3.02 s 4.54 s 7.99 s 24 in 9 ft 3 in 31 reps
All values from NFL Combine[3]

Gibson was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the 27th overall pick in the 1999 National Football League Draft. Because of an injury, Gibson did not appear in any games in the 1999 NFL season. Gibson played ten games for the Lions in 2000. In 2001, he played six games with the Lions before being cut.

In 2002, Gibson was signed by the Dallas Cowboys and had the distinction of becoming the NFL's first 400-pound player.

In 2003, Gibson had his most consistent professional season, playing in all sixteen games with the Chicago Bears. In 2004, Gibson played four games with the Bears, the last season in which he made an appearance in a regular season NFL game.[4]

In 2006, Gibson signed with the Buffalo Bills. However, he was cut before the season began.

In 2007, Gibson played for the Austin Wranglers of the AFL indoor professional football league, his three tackles being his only statistic for the season.[5] As of 28 August 2010, he was listed on the roster of the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings of the AFL, but as 'suspended by league'[6]


  1. ^ Frias, Carlos (October 29, 2006), "Pressure to grow burdened Gibson", Palm Beach Post 
  2. ^ a b "Aaron Gibson Draft Profile", CNN/SI, April 1999, retrieved June 17, 2014 
  3. ^ "Aaron Gibson, DS #4 OT, Wisconsin". NFL Draft Scout Player Profile. September 21, 2006. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Aaron Gibson NFL Football Statistics". 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Aaron Gibson". 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings Team Roster". 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 

External links

  • NFL stats
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