NFL News of September 11, 2003

The subject was Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox, whose stunning re-emergence as an NFL quarterback makes for great movie material.

“The older you get, the smarter you get at the game,” Chiefs safety Jerome Woods said. “I think with the experiences he’s had and the things he’s gone through, it’s like the Kurt Warner experience. Because of what he’s been through, the guy really comes to play.”

Maddox, who was chosen AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance last Sunday against Baltimore, deserves such praise. Funny thing is, Woods could just have easily been talking about himself.

After missing the entire 2002 season following a gruesome leg injury suffered in a preseason game, Woods was back in the starting lineup Sunday and helped the Chiefs put a beating on the San Diego Chargers.

Like Maddox, a former first-round pick who was out of the NFL for five years before landing with the Steelers, Woods said his time away from football changed his perspective on the game.

—Ivan Carter, The Kansas City Star “Chiefs’ Woods, Steelers’ Maddox have similar stories”

Woods spent his entire career with the Chiefs, retiring after the 2005 season. He earned his only career Pro Bowl spot during the 2003 season.

Maddox was released by the Steelers after the 2005 season. 2003 was the only season in his career in which he started all 16 games for a team.

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