- Tommy Maddox
caption=Tommy Maddox during the 2005 NFL season.
birthdate=birth date and age|1971|9|2
* Los Angeles Rams (1994)
New York Giants(1995)
Atlanta Falcons(1997) *
* New Jersey Red Dogs (2000)
Los Angeles Xtreme(2001) ( XFL)
Pittsburgh Steelers(2001-2005) * Offseason and/or practice squad only
* 2002 NFL Comeback Player of the Year
Super Bowl XLChampion
Thomas "Tommy" Alfred Maddox (born
September 2, 1971in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a former football quarterbackin the National Football Leaguewho most recently played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
High school career
At L. D. Bell High School in
Hurst, Texas, Maddox was a letterwinner in football, basketball, and baseball. As a senior, he was team captain, and was named the Southwest Texas Offensive Player of the Year, District Most Valuable Player, and the Area Most Valuable Player.
College, early NFL years, & AFL
college footballas quarterback at UCLA, where he was well-regarded, but was, in opinions of some, ill-advised in attempting to turn professional after his season. Drafted by the Denver Broncosin the first round of the 1992 NFL Draft, he spent several seasons in the NFL relegated to back-up duty on various teams. He was drafted by then Denver Broncos head coach Dan Reeves, a sign of the coach's troubled relationship with quarterback John Elway. Maddox also played for the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giantsbefore being released by the Atlanta Falconsduring the 1997 preseason.
After being released from the NFL, Maddox was out of football for a period of time, selling insurance for his father in
Houston, Texas. After being featured on NFL Filmsabout where his career had gone since being drafted, he had the itch to play again, and joined the New Jersey Red Dogs of the Arena Football Leaguefor one season.
After his brief stint in the
Arena Football League, Tommy Maddox was invited to try out for the Los Angeles Xtremeof the XFL. Maddox became the starting quarterback for LA in week 1, despite the team using its first pick in the XFL Drafton quarterback Scott Milanovich. Maddox made an impact in his time in the XFL. He was the only quarterback of the league to start all 10 regular season games, led the league in passing yards, touchdowns, rushed for 2 touchdowns, and led the Xtreme to the Million Dollar Game, also known as the "Big Game At The End." The Xtreme defeated the San Francisco Demonswith a score of 38-6. Maddox was named the XFL MVP in 2001. However Tommy Maddox's XFL glory would not last, as the league closed after its only season in 2001.
During his stint in the XFL, Maddox's playing style was noticeably different as well. Considered a more "mobile" quarterback who could scramble during his days at UCLA and in his early NFL days, Maddox's time away from football (combined with his one year in the AFL) made him more of a traditional "pocket passer", as the AFL requires quick passes with a smaller field.
Maddox signed with the
Pittsburgh Steelersas a backup in 2001. His signing continued a coincidental tradition of having Louisiananatives at quarterback for the Steelers. Since the 1970 merger, the Steelers have had four starting quarterbacks from the state, with Terry Bradshawand Maddox both being from Shreveport, Bubby Bristerbeing from Monroe, and Kordell Stewartbeing from the New Orleans suburb of Marrero.
Early in the 2002 season, Maddox replaced
Kordell Stewartat quarterback in a comeback win over the rival Cleveland Browns. Maddox became a dominant NFL quarterback in 2002 as he led the Steelers into the playoffs with a 10-5-1 record. One of Maddox's most memorable games came in the first round of the playoffs when he overcame a 17 point 3rd quarter deficit against the Cleveland Browns. Maddox delivered a clutch 36-33 win over the rival Cleveland Brownsat home in the wild card round before a 34-31 loss at the Tennessee Titansin the second round. He won the ESPN ESPYfor Best Comeback Athlete and the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Awardfor his performance during the 2002 season, in which he threw 20 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
In 2003, Maddox had an average year statistically as the Steelers finished at a disappointing 6-10. After the 2003 season, the Steelers drafted a new quarterback,
Ben Roethlisberger, in the first round, to give the position some youth. (Maddox was over a year older than his predecessor, Kordell Stewart.) Roethlisberger was given the starting job after Maddox was injured during a week 2 game against the Ravens, and responded by guiding the Steelers to 14 straight regular season wins and a trip to the AFC Championship game.
Maddox reassumed his starting QB role when Roethlisberger suffered a knee injury early in the 2005 season, but losses in a poor performance against the
Jacksonville Jaguarsand the Baltimore Ravenssent him back to the bench, giving Charlie Batchthe second-string spot. Following the Steelers' win in Super Bowl XL, Maddox was released from the team for salary cap reasons.
Tommy Maddox is one of three players (along with
Bobby Singhand Ron Carpenter) to hold both a Super Bowl ringand XFL championship ring. However, Maddox was the only Steelers player not to attend the ceremony at the White Househonoring their Super Bowl championship. In addition, Maddox was the only player to have been teammates with both John Elwayand Ben Roethlisberger, as the latter idolized the former growing up and wears number 7 in his honor.
Maddox is an avid
golfer, and he is the founder of the Tommy Maddox Foundationfor disadvantaged children.
Maddox tried out for the
Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raidersand the New England Patriotsin September 2006, but did not sign a contract. [ [http://mondesishouse.blogspot.com/2006/09/tommy-maddox-raider.html Mondesishouse.com: Tommy Maddox a Raider? ] ]
Maddox currently wishes to become a football coach, and is currently spectating TCU spring football practices to exchange ideas and observe. However, he is not allowed to be hands on or coach himself due to NCAA restrictions on the number of coaches a team can have.Fact|date=May 2008
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