Life and career
Mays was born in Lawrence, Kansas. He went to Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington. Mays played junior college football at Mount Hood Community College. He later played college football at the University of Washington.
Mays's son, Taylor Mays, is a defensive back for the San Francisco 49ers, and was a stand out player at the University of Southern California and Seattle's O'Dea High School. Stafford Mays now works at Microsoft.