July 22, 2004
Jacksonville, Fl.(AP) - Defensive tackle Anthony Maddox, who quit football for three years after several run-ins with the law, signed with Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday.
The 25-year-old Maddox, a fourth-round pick, spent the past two seasons at Delta State after a two-year stint at Jones County (Miss.) Junior College.
The 6'1", 295-pound nose tackle had 10.5in two years at Delta State and was named the Gulf South Conference's defensive player of the year last season.
He originally was lined up to attend Florida State out of Monroe High in 1996.
But Maddoxwas arrested twice while at school in Mississippi and he quit football soon after.
He went to work at a furniture store and left the game for three years.
He returned to football after being convinced by several close friends already playing in the NFL.
Maddox is hoping to earn a backup role to Jacksonville's Pro Bowl defensive tackles Marcus Stroud of Barney and John Henderson.
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