26-year-old Avonte Maddox was born on March 31, 1996, he is an American football cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Pittsburgh.
After playing little league football, Maddox focused on baseball during his first two years of high school before switching to football. He received only two Power Five scholarship offers, one from Purdue and one from Pittsburgh. He was also nearly drafted into the MLB after his senior year of high school.
Maddox started at cornerback all four years at Pitt. He was named Honorable Mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference his sophomore year and Third-team his senior year. Maddox missed two games in both his junior and senior years due to injury.
Maddox was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round (125th overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft. He made his NFL debut during the league season opener on September 6, 2018, against the Atlanta Falcons, playing on special teams.
Maddox recorded his first career interception by picking off a pass from Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota in the 26–23 overtime loss on September 30. He recorded his second interception of the season off of Jared Goff during the 30-27 win against the Rams.
Starting his last season on his rookie contract in 2021, Maddox began the season by leading the Eagles in tackles (with 9) during their 32-6 win against the Falcons. On October 24 against the Raiders, Maddox recorded his third career interception during the 33-22 loss.
On November 20, 2021, Maddox signed a three-year, $22.5 million contract extension with the Eagles. He was placed on the COVID-19 list on January 3, 2022. He was activated one week later on January 10, missing just one game where the Eagles did not play their starters.