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Former 1st-round NFL draft pick Aaron Maybin trades helmet and pads for brush and canvas

Former 1st-round NFL draft pick Aaron Maybin trades helmet and pads for brush and canvas

Aaron Maybin simply could not get on the plane.

It was the summer of 2013, and in the four years since he'd been drafted No. 11 overall out of Penn State, Maybin had watched many peers reach this point. He just had been released by the Cincinnati Bengals — his third NFL team — and he was looking ahead to a series of auditions for unfamiliar coaches who might or might not accept him.

He could fly to Indianapolis to begin that process. But did he love playing in the league enough to continue as a vagabond? Or was it time for the other Aaron Maybin — the artist with bold and sometimes messy thoughts about modern society — to cast off the chrysalis of his...

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