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Tommy Maddox on XFL, Elway and Big Ben

It’s been nearly 16 years since Tommy Maddox led the Los Angeles Xtreme to victory in the XFL’s Million Dollar Game. He still wears his championship ring every so often, rotating it with his Steelers Super Bowl XL ring and the Texas baseball state championship ring that his high school players won last year.

Maddox’s football career was loaded with twists and turns, the most colorful of which was revived by ESPN’s recent 30 for 30, This Was the XFL. Before he became a central character during the only season of the WWE-inspired league, Maddox was dubbed the successor to John Elway when Denver drafted him with a first-round pick in 1992.