Maddox: 'I don't think you ever accept being a backup'
By Joe Bendel
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Veteran quarterback Tommy Maddox is as savvy as they come, a worldly 33-year-old who knows his place in the Steelers organization. You never would catch him saying, "I deserve my job back," or making a ruckus about second-year star Ben Roethlisberger's helmet-less motorcycle journeys.
But make no mistake, there is a fire that burns within the man who carried the Steelers to the 2002 postseason and who put up record-setting numbers a year later while the team slumped to 6-10.
Maddox found himself on the outside looking in last season after a Week 2 elbow injury opened the door for eventual Rookie of the Year Roethlisberger. But, don't count out the Shreveport, La., native.
He believes there is life left in his rangy right arm, which looked solid Tuesday during the opening of month-long voluntary workouts on the South Side. He also declared himself back to full health.
"Yeah, I want to play, and I don't think you ever accept being a backup" said Maddox, who is signed through 2007 and will count $1.35 million against the team's salary cap this season. "I know I can play in this league, and I'm excited about the next opportunity that I will have to play. But I'm not sitting around worrying about that. Things will happen and things will work out. I'm confident out there, and there will be a time and place where I get to go out and play again, whether it's here or there or who knows? I'm not going to sit around and worry about all of that. Things will work out for themselves."
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