NFL news of October 3, 2002

Many N.F.L. quarterbacks would feel uncomfortable going a few weeks without starting. Tommy Maddox is about to learn what it is like to start a game after 10 years.

Maddox, who flopped as the Denver Broncos’ first-round draft choice, then revived his career in the Arena League and earned another N.F.L. shot by starring in the XFL, will be the Pittsburgh Steelers’ starter Sunday in New Orleans.

Coach Bill Cowher‘s surprising decision sends Kordell Stewart, the 2001 team most valuable player, to the bench for the third time in four seasons.

— New York Times “Stewart Is Benched; Maddox Will Start”

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