Obsessed with Rankings: Top 10 Backup Quarterbacks of All Time

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Nov 25, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (right) talks with quarterback Charlie Batch during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Cleveland won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Being a backup quarterback is a rough gig. You have to know the offense inside and out without ever getting to practice it and be ready to step in and not mess things up too badly if given the chance. You’re the most popular guy in town if the team is doing badly. But you’re also the guy that no one wants to see on the field if the team is doing well. Good thing it usually pays ok and there’s not a whole lot of contact involved. Having a good backup quarterback is the ultimate security blanket for a team, provided that guy doesn’t get too big of an ego and want to start at some point and disrupt the harmony involved in him just being there to hold the clipboard and be there “in case”. For that, they get little recognition at times so here is my ode to some of the best clipboard holders of all time.

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