Maddox swings toward pro golf career
Tommy Maddox swung through the doors of the Steelers offices Tuesday looking more like a professional golfer than an NFL quarterback. And with good reason.
The former Steelers starter said it would take a "great situation" for him to return to the NFL, while adding that he plans to make golf a full-time endeavor.
He also made it clear that the celebrity tour is not in his plans. Maddox, who has a plus-1.8 handicap, is thinking big.
"If you're really going to try to do it seriously, you have to go into the other tours," said Maddox, who was released by the Steelers in March and has not participated in an NFL minicamp, despite inquiries from several teams.
Asked if he would like to retire from the NFL on top, with a Super Bowl title like teammate Jerome Bettis, Maddox smiled.
"That's not a bad way to go out," Maddox said
Sporting stylish shades, a golf shirt and flip flops, Maddox slipped into the South Side facilities to pick up his Super Bowl ring before visiting The Club at Nevillewood to play 18 holes.
Maddox did not attend the Steelers' ring ceremony Sunday. He also missed the team's visit to the White House two days earlier.
If Maddox, 34, follows his golf dream and retires from the NFL, he'll walk away with a Super Bowl ring, the second-best single-season passing total in Steelers history (3,414 yards in 2003) and a comeback player of the year award from 2002. He also had a rocky final season in 2005, during which he was demoted to third team after turning the ball over four times in an overtime loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars and struggling in a later loss at Baltimore.
After his release from the Steelers, Maddox said he had potential employment opportunities with the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders, but the man known as Tommy Gun is loving life on the links and with his wife, son and daughter.
"I haven't missed a little league game this year," Maddox said, proudly, before adding that he gets to go horse riding with his daughter. "Things are pretty good."
Maddox is wasting little time in his attempts to become a professional golfer. He played in a qualifier for the EDS Byron Nelson Championship on May 8 in Southlake, Texas, missing qualifying for the event by three strokes. At the qualifier, Maddox three-putted three times.
He said yesterday that he has aspirations of playing in the Nationwide Tour, although he is not currently part of the PGA-run venture. He nearly made the cut for a Nationwide Tour event last month and plans to hit the mini-tour circuit.
His impressive handicap is a clear sign that he has the potential to be a competitive pro golfer, according to Dirk Hartman, a pro at Nevillewood. It also helps that Maddox, a former first-round draft choice of the Denver Broncos, has moved to Roanoke, Texas, where he can play year-round. He sold his Pittsburgh-area home this week.
"If he can dedicate himself to golf, he'll make it," Hartman said. "He has the talent and the skill. Some players have false dreams and think they can make it. Tommy's dreams are real. He's crossed the gap. He can play -- and compete."
Hartman said Maddox can drive for distance, but his best asset is his command within 100 yards of the hole.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pirates sign free agent 1B-OF Goebbert, RHP Webster
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin not grooming successor to RB Williams
- Steelers kicker Boswell puts best foot forward
- Committee says Senate should consider removing Attorney General Kane
- Derailment impacting Amtrak service eastbound from Pittsburgh
- Maryland man found with missing Ohio girl in Pittsburgh motel
- Buffalo man killed by truck in the West End Circle wanted ‘a fresh start’
- Penguins’ Perron returning to form
- Pittsburgh police chief finds use-of-force policies ‘quite satisfactory’
- Attorney wants evidence from South Allegheny teacher’s cell phone thrown out
- Trib readers help families with Operation Santa Claus