May 2, 2004
Jacksonville, FL.-- At six feet one inches tall, Anthony Maddox is not your prototypical NFL defensive lineman. But the role of underdog is one that the former Delta State standout has grown familiar with over the years.
"I've always been the underdog in everything that I've done. And I've always felt that I have to prove myself however (I can). So I kind of have that mentality always and that kind of takes me to the top," Maddox said.
Maddox is trying to become the second Monroe High grad in recent history to rise to the top of the NFL. His longtime friend and former high school teammate, Deion Branch, was the leading receiver in Super Bowl 38 for the New England Patriots and like Maddox is undersized.
"We were together throughout the draft and all that and he was like, 'Man, good luck, congratulations on it all and just go down there and handle your business. I know you'll do a great job.'"
Maddox is already assured of a trip to the Super Bowl in his rookie season, since the city is scheduled to host the game next year. So now all that's left is making sure the Jaguars will be playing in it.
"I'm ready, I'm real excited. Like I said, there's some great coaches, some great guys. I'm just ready to put on those pads and then you'll see who's really good and who's not," Maddox said.
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