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Tommy Maddox was taken in the first round of the 1992 NFL draft with the No. 25 pick by the Denver Broncos. He had the unenviable task of being the successor to John Elway.
Maddox quickly left the NFL and started selling insurance. He got another chance at football, playing Arena Football, then to the XFL, and finally returned to the NFL.
He signed as a backup with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001, and got a chance to replace Kordell Stewart the following season.
Maddox took home NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award after throwing for 2,836 yards, 20 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He led the Steelers to 10 wins, five losses and a tie that season. They went to the playoffs, but ended up falling short in the second round.
The following year, he had a poor season and the Steelers finished with a 6-10 record. The year after that, the Steelers drafted Ben Rothlisberger and the rest is history.