Back-up quarterbacks lead a strange existence. At the same time, they can be popular and anonymous. Fans may know nothing about them, but if the starter sucks bad enough, every fan will want the back-up to take the field. If the starter gets hurt, thousands of people will ponder “who is this fucking guy” as the back-up trots onto the field. In any event, there’s no denying that back-up quarterbacks have played major roles in the history of the NFL, and it’s time to show some love for some of those destined to hold the clipboard.
5) Leading an Unlikely Playoff Run – Doug Flutie, Buffalo Bills
A Heisman Trophy winner at Boston College, Flutie wasn’t highly regarded by the NFL. He was viewed as little more than a circus attraction in stints with the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots. Because he was only an alleged 5′ 10″ and 180-pounds…
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