Everything to know about Kevin Mawae, Lipscomb Academy coach and former Titans star

Pro Football Hall of Famer Kevin Mawae is expected to be named the next Lipscomb Academy football coach to replace Trent Dilfer, multiple sources have told The Tennessean.

The Mustangs enjoyed four years of success under Trent Dilfer that included back-to-back Division II-AA state championships. Dilfer was hired by UAB Nov. 30.

Mawae, a former Tennessee Titans offensive lineman, played 16 years in the NFL, finishing his career with the Titans from 2006-2009.

Here are five things to know about Mawae, who celebrated his 52nd birthday on Monday.

A Hall of Fame career

Mawae was selected in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks and developed into a textbook center who earned eight Pro Bowls, was named first-team All-Pro six times, All-AFC five times, and selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

He spent his first two seasons with the Seahawks as a right guard before switching to center for the remainder of his career. After four seasons in Seattle, Mawae signed with the New York Jets and helped them capture the AFC North title and a AFC title game appearance. He blocked for Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin who had 10 1,000-yards seasons.

Mawae signed with the Tennessee Titans as an unrestricted free agent in 2006 after recovering from a torn tricep in his arm. He was instrumental in the Titans setting a franchise mark, giving up only 12 sacks in 2008. Mawae led running backs to 1,000 yard seasons in 13 of his 16 seasons and started in 238 of his 241 career games. He retired in 2010.

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Military in his blood

Like most military familes, Mawae spent his childhood on the move. He was born in Savannah, Georgia where his father, David, was stationed at Hunter Army Airfield. At age 5, Mawae moved to Fort Riley, Kansas and at 8 his father was stationed in Hanau, Germany. He lived overseas for five years before his father was brought back to the United States and Fort Polk in Leesville, Louisiana.

David Mawae spent 20 years in the army and Kevin credits that upbringing in helping him develop structure and organizational skills. Mawae got to see first hand how his father stressed the importance of teammate with his dad's unit. It left an impression on Kevin that served him well as a football player.

Tennessee Titans center Kevin Mawae (68) points to the sky as he comes out of the tunnel during introduction before the start their game against the San Diego Chargers at LP Field.December 25, 2009.
Tennessee Titans center Kevin Mawae (68) points to the sky as he comes out of the tunnel during introduction before the start their game against the San Diego Chargers at LP Field.December 25, 2009.

A versatile talent up front

After graduating from Leesville High School in Louisiana in 1989, Mawae signed with LSU but was redshirted his freshman year. The next season, he was a dominant lineman who played left tackle, center and left guard. He was named first-team All SEC.

By his junior season, Mawae stuck at left tackle, starting all 11 games in 1992 while earning second-team All SEC. As a senior, Mawae moved to center during spring drills and was again named second-team All SEC and third-team All-America by the Football News. He was named to the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. He entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

While at LSU, Kevin Mawae's brother, John, was a walk-on nose-guard for the Tigers in 1992.

John died in a car accident just as Mawae's NFL career was taking off. The tragedy drew Mawae closer to his Christian faith.

Stumping for NFL players

While a player, Mawae was a member of the NFLPA executive committee and was elected president in March 2008. He was re-elected in 2010 and led the committee through the 2011 NFL lockout as well as the death of longtime NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw. He continued to serve as president, despite his 2010 retirement, until the end of his term in March 2012. He helped to facilitate active players being included in collective bargaining agreement negotiations with the league.

Mawae supported significant training camp reforms and helped reduce the offseason workload including two-a-day practices. Prior to his involvement with the executive committee, Mawae was among the voices that argued to postpone games a week after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Taking talents to the coaching ranks

Mawae's time on the NFLPA's executive committee allowed him to develop connections that led to his NFL coaching career that began as an assistant offensive line coach for the Chicago Bears in 2016. In 2018, he joined Herm Edwards staff at Arizona State as the Sun Devils' quality control analyst. In 2021 he was hired by the Indianapolis Colts' as an assistant offensive line coach. He finished this past season was the team's interim tight ends coach after the departure of Klayton Adams.

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