Admiral Farragut Academy’s Napoleon Maxwell, a graduate of the Class of 2014, who later attended and played for Florida International University, has now signed to play with the Chicago Bears. Below is an article about the announcement that was featured on the FIUsports.com website.
MIAMI (April 27, 2020) – FIU’s Napoleon Maxwell signed with the Chicago Bears on Monday, adding to the list of Panthers continuing their dreams to play in the NFL.
Maxwell had a long and productive career for the Panthers, with the running back earning nearly 700 yards on the ground and nine touchdowns in 2019 as he split time with Anthony Jones. The St. Petersburg, Florida native averaged 5.3 yards per carry last season, which ranked second on the team. Maxwell played in 45 games as a Panther, rushing for over 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Maxwell joins Isaiah Brown (Buffalo Bills), Anthony Jones (Seattle Seahawks) and Teair Tart (Tennessee Titans) on the list of FIU’s undrafted free agent signees, with the trio signing their contracts late Saturday. James Morgan and Stantley Thomas-Oliver III were selected in the NFL Draft earlier in the day, with Morgan going to the New York Jets with the 125th pick in the fourth round and Thomas-Oliver to the Carolina Panthers with the 225th pick in the seventh round.
FIU had multiple players taken in the NFL Draft for just the third time overall and first since 2013. Overall the Panthers had as many draft picks (2) as Florida State (1), UCF (1) and USF (0) had combined, while Morgan was the only quarterback drafted from a Florida school.