Former Syracuse quarterback Todd Philcox may have had to wait until his final year before becoming the full-time starter. But he parlayed that into a 9-season NFL career.
During his professional career, Philcox played for six different teams including the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots.
He started five games total, while achieving a quarterback rating of 57.4. He threw seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions over the course of his career.
Staying in the NFL that long is no easy task, especially for an undrafted player such as Philcox at the most important position on the team.
”It was a great career and one that I never really counted on having not started at Syracuse until my fifth year,” Philcox said. “I was fortunate to get on the field at Syracuse without really considering football after that. Once I got that opportunity to play my fifth year, I thought I had an opportunity to get drafted. But I did not get drafted and became a free agent with Cincinnati.
”It was almost a year at a time and a constant battle to make the final roster. Over the course of ten years, I was able to play in the NFL. It was a great experience given the fact that I was constantly competing for a position. I was with six or seven different teams or stops during that period. Overall, it was definitely an enjoyable experience.
”My first start was playing with the Cleveland Browns (in 1992) was at the Los Angeles Raiders at that point,” he continued. “I had a good game and got a victory in my first start. So that was certainly a great memory.”
Even with his busy professional life, Philcox says he has maintained contact with former Syracuse teammates and kept an eye on the program.
”I keep in touch with a lot of teammates,” Philcox said. “We get together every June, though I wasn’t able to make it up there this year. Most of them get together with about 150-guys over the course of years and years of Syracuse football. So you get a chance to see some of the guys you played with and also a lot of guys from different eras.
”So that’s always enjoyable. I keep in touch with a few guys from my years as well. There are lots of good relationships there.”
Philcox believes Syracuse is out of the rut they were in immediately after the Paul Pasqualoni era and headed back to where they once were.
”I think we’re starting to get some momentum in a positive fashion,” Philcox said. “Certainly what Doug Marrone started there and turning things around. Coach Shafer is the continuation of Doug’s energy level and keeping them on the same path and trajectory from where Doug left it.
”All-in-all, I think it’s very positive. I think there are still a lot of challenges now being in the ACC and stepping up the level of competition a little bit. If we continue on the path we are on and continue to get victories every year we can compete in the ACC and get some championships there.”
Philcox currently lives in Jacksonville (Fla.). He works as a captain on fishing excursions as well as in sales for marketing and promotional materials.