|No. 71, 63, 78|
|Born:||September 27, 1977|
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||410 lb (186 kg)|
|High school:||Indianapolis (IN) Decatur Central|
|NFL Draft:||1999 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Aaron Gibson (born September 27, 1977) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. He also was a member of the Austin Wranglers and Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin.
He was a two-way player. As a senior, he was a first team All-state selection and was named as a Top 33 Pick by the Bloomington Herald-Times. As a defensive tackle, he had 8 fumble recoveries and 11 passes defensed.
Gibson accepted a football scholarship from the University of Wisconsin. He didn't play in his freshman year because of failing to meet the requirements of Proposition 48. The next year, he was a reserve right tackle behind All-American Jerry Wunsch and was used primarily as a blocking tight end, after making his debut in the fifth game against Ohio State University.
As a senior in 1998, Gibson was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, after having been named to the first teams of the Football Writers Association, American Football Coaches Association, and the Football News and the Walter Camp Foundation. He was also a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten Conference selection. He was the first player in school history to be named a finalist for the Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy awards.
In the 1999 NFL Scouting Combine, Gibson ran the 40-yard dash in 5.03 seconds. He was described as "a proto-type right tackle in the NFL," for having "a huge body with big legs and a gigantic chest".
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 7 in
|9 ft 8 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Gibson was selected by the Detroit Lions with the 27th overall pick in the 1999 National Football League Draft. He was expected to be the starting right tackle as a rookie, but suffered a left shoulder injury in an April post-draft minicamp and was placed on the injured reserve list.
The next year, he started the first 10 games at right tackle, until suffering a right shoulder injury (torn posterior subluxation) and being placed on the injured reserve list on December 4. In 2001, he started five of the first six games of the season, before being waived on October 30.
On October 31, 2001, he was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys and only played in the season finale. In 2002, Gibson had the distinction of becoming the NFL's first player to be officially listed at 400-pounds. He was limited with a knee injury in training camp and was eventually released on September 18, 2002.
On November 26, 2002, he was signed by the Chicago Bears as a free agent to replace an injured Marc Colombo. In 2003, he had his most consistent professional season, starting at right tackle in all sixteen games with the Chicago Bears, after Colombo was lost for the year when he was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. In 2004, he played four games (three starts) and was declared inactive in 10. It would be the last season in which he made an appearance in a regular season NFL game.
On January 24, 2007, he was signed by the Austin Wranglers of the Arena Football League. On April 4, he was placed on the injured reserve list. On May 5, he was activated. He played in 11 games and had 3 tackles for the season. On July 30, he was traded along with defensive lineman Rob Schroeder to the Utah Blaze in exchange for past considerations.