Three Tigers have played in the National Football League following their time at MNHS. Bill Maas, George Schmitt and Karl Chandler all spent time in the NFL, after fine collegiate careers.
Bill Maas played for the Kansas City Chiefs (1984–1992), and the Green Bay Packers (1993). Maas was named NFL Rookie of the Year in 1984 and selected to the Pro Bowl in 1986 and 1987. Bill amassed 40 sacks in his ten-year career.
Maas enjoyed his finest season in 1986 when he ranked third or higher in every defensive category and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl. He also played a major role on the Chiefs record-breaking special teams unit by blocking two field goals, one of which was returned for a touchdown to bolster the Kansas City Playoff Drive. In 1987, Maas once again represented the AFC as the starting nose tackle in the Pro Bowl after a season in which he finished second on the team with six sacks and scored his first NFL touchdown after recovering a fumble.
Bill spent twelve seasons broadcasting the NFL through Fox Sports, where he enjoyed many opportunities including relocating to Frankfurt, Germany, and hosting camps for kids of all ages to help increase the sport’s popularity, and aided efforts to globalize the NFL product. In the United States, Bill broadcasted NFL games each Sunday, and covered five Super Bowls, two of which were reported from the sidelines for John Madden. He also served as a co-host on “Fox Sports Football News” , “Hardcore Football”, and as an NFL Analyst for Fox Sports News.
Bill holds a real estate license in both Kansas and Missouri. He is an active member of the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors who promote goodwill through the Kansas City area. They serve many charitable organizations, and work directly with Children’s Mercy Hospital, Hope House, and many local programs. He currently serves as the Director of Real Estate Services for Block & Company in Kansas City.
George Schmitt’s NFL career lasted for one season with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1983. Schmitt played in all 16 games at defensive back.
Schmitt currently holds Delaware records for interceptions in one season (13 in 1982), career interceptions (22), most passes intercepted in a game (3 vs. Morgan State, 1980), and is second all-time with 269 career interception yards.and returned kicks. Schmitt was drafted in the sixth round of the 1983 draft, after an outstanding career at the University of Delaware.
Schmitt played in the 1982 Division I-AA Championship Game, and was a member of the 1979 Division II Champion Delaware Blue Hens. Schmitt was named First Team AP All-American and a Kodak Coaches All-American for his efforts during the 1982 season.
Schmitt’s high school career was played under the guidance of Tiger’s coach Bob Kenig. A player described by Kenig as “the dream of any coach”, Schmitt played on the varsity squad as a freshman. He also was a integral part of the 1977 Central League Championship squad, starring at Defensive Back and Halfback. He was named All-Delco and All-Central in his senior season.
Schmitt is a member of the Marple Newtown Athletics Hall of Fame, and currently resides in
Malvern. The George Schmitt award is given to the football team’s finest defensive player each season.
Karl Chandler played six NFL seasons with the New York Giants and Detroit Lions. Chandler appeared in 66 career games at both Center and Offensive Guard.
Chandler attended Princeton Universityafter graduating from Marple Newtown in 1968.