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One-Year Wonders

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Tommy Maddox: Pittsburgh Steelers

An inspirational story, no doubt, but a one-year wonder nonetheless. Maddox was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 1992 draft. It was a questionable pick, seeing as how they had a quarterback at the time by the name of Elway. In two seasons, Maddox started four games — lost all four — and began a journeyman career that included stops in New York, Los Angeles and the XFL. In 2001, after six seasons out of the NFL, he was signed by the Steelers. When Kordell Stewart got injured in 2002, Maddox stepped in and guided the team to a 10-5-1 record and a playoff win. He was named the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year. The next year, Maddox struggled, and after that season the Steelers selected Ben Roethlisberger in the first round of the draft. “Big Ben” was a rookie sensation and Maddox was relegated to backup duty for the remainder of his career. —Johnny Goodtimes (AP Photo/Roberto Borea)

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