Nick Maddox- A.L. Brown (1995-98)
One of the prized student-athletes of the NCHSAA is Nick Maddox from A.L. Brown High School.
The three-sport standout excelled on and off the field. A National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes member, Maddox was a NCHSAA state qualifier in the 100 and 200 meter individual events and on a couple of relays for three consecutive years while being a three-year all-conference selection in basketball. His basketball career was highlighted by his junior year during which he averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game. But it was on the football field where Maddox etched his name in the NCHSAA record book.
Maddox’s All-American career was highlighted by his record-setting senior campaign. He rushed 267 times for 2,594 yards and 33 touchdowns and had 20 catches for 268 yards and eight touchdowns. In addition, he returned three punts and an interception for touchdowns for 45 total on the year. Before the 2011 season, his 45 touchdowns still ranked him fourth all-time and his 2,594 rushing yards that season ranked among the NCHSAA elite performances as well.
The Kannapolis native’s career marks also rank among the NCHSAA’s best. Maddox’s 6,254 yards rank him in the top-20 all-time while his 114 career touchdowns and 650 career points both are among the top marks ever. During his career he was twice named Associated Press Football Player of the Year and was named Parade and USA Today First-Team All-American his senior year. For his athletic and academic performances, Maddox was named the 1998 Gatorade Circle of Champions high school player of the year for North Carolina and the Southern region as well as being honored with the Pat Best Memorial Trophy as the 1999 NCHSAA Athlete of the Year.
As one of the most sought after running backs in the country coming out of high school, Maddox eventually moved on to Florida State University where he helped coaching legend Bobby Bowden and the Seminoles win the 1999 National Championship. After a brief stint in the NFL, Maddox returned to Tallahassee where he completed his real estate and business degrees in 2005. After school, he embarked on a developmental career working with FSU Boosters and helped found the Bowden Foundation for Ethical Leaders. His experience with fundraising and public speaking ultimately led him to a role in politics. In November of 2010, he was sworn in as the Commissioner At-Large for Leon County in Florida.
For Nick Maddox’s outstanding athletic career, he has earned his spot as one of the “Names in the Book.”