The NFL will celebrate its brightest stars of today and tomorrow with new Pro Bowl week festivities in 2017 in Orlando.
Culminating with the 2017 Pro Bowl game at Camping World Stadium on Sunday, January 29 and televised live at 7 PM CT on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, Pro Bowl week will celebrate all levels of football -- from youth to high school to the NFL's best.
The 2017 Pro Bowl will feature a return to the traditional AFC vs. NFC game format following three years using a revised, "unconferenced" format. The NFL's best will once again be in the spotlight as 88 players -- 44 from the AFC and 44 from the NFC -- are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches.
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Brett Maxie enters his 16th season as an NFL coach and his second with the Titans.
Last year, the Titans secondary posted 13 interceptions and CB Jason McCourty recorded a career-high four interceptions. Overall, the Titans collected 19 interceptions, which ranked seventh best in the NFL.
Maxie joined Tennessee after four seasons as secondary coach for the Dallas Cowboys. In his time at Dallas, he worked for two different coordinators – Wade Phillips for the first three years and Rob Ryan his final year. In 2008, his secondary helped the Cowboys rank fifth in the NFL in passing defense. In Maxie’s four years in Dallas, CB Terence Newman totaled 16 interceptions, which ranked as the ninth best total in the NFL over that time period; and CB Mike Jenkins earned his first Pro Bowl invitation (2009).
In his one season working in Dom Capers’ defense at the Dolphins in 2007, Miami fielded the fourth-best passing defense in the NFL, limiting opponents to 188.7 passing yards per game. The secondary corps also accounted for nine of the 14 team interceptions.
In four years at Atlanta (2004-06) as defensive backs coach, Maxie helped DeAngelo Hall develop into a two-time Pro Bowl (2005 & 2006) cornerback and total 10 interceptions during those seasons. The 2004 season saw the secondary score a club-record five touchdowns, including four via interception returns. He spent five seasons with the 49ers (1999-2003), including three seasons as the assistant secondary coach and the final two years as secondary coach. During a three-year period (2001-03) with the 49ers, Maxie’s secondary totaled 66 interceptions – the third highest number in the NFL during that time. His first NFL coaching job came at Carolina in 1998 as a quality control coach.
Maxie started his 13-year NFL career as an undrafted safety from Texas Southern, who signed with the New Orleans Saints. During his career, he played in 153 games, including 104 starts, and recorded 23 interceptions and three touchdowns. Maxie played nine seasons (1985-93) with the Saints, one season in Atlanta (1994), two years in Carolina (1995-96) and finished his career with one year in San Francisco (1997).
A native of Dallas, Texas, Maxie and his wife, Angela, have two sons, Brett and Adam, and two daughters, Maya and Olivia. At Texas Southern, he earned his degree in Biology and was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
Brett Maxie Coaching Ledger:
2012-13: Secondary, Tennessee Titans
2008-11: Secondary, Dallas Cowboys
2007: Secondary, Miami Dolphins
2004-06: Defensive Backs, Atlanta Falcons
2002-03: Secondary, San Francisco 49ers
1999-01: Assistant Secondary, San Francisco 49ers
1998: Defensive Backs/Defensive Quality Control, Carolina Panthers