4. Jeff Hostetler: Super Bowl XXV, New York Giants
Jeff Hostetler was the long-time backup quarterback to the New York Giants Phil Simms in the mid-to-late 1980s. Hostetler was a great collegiate player at West Virginia, but his opportunities in the NFL came after Simms got hurt.
People often assume that Simms was quarterbacking the Giants during their second Super Bowl of the Bill Parcells era, where in fact Hostetler led New York to a Super Bowl XXV victory over the Buffalo Bills.
His career took off to some degree after beating the Bills, earning a Pro Bowl in 1994, but it was a missed field goal by Bills kicker Scott Norwood that gave the Giants a 20-19 victory in Super Bowl XXV.
The Giants were a great team under Parcells, but fans alike associate the strong quarterbacking of the Giants during that era to Simms and not Hostetler. Hostetler for a brief period was one of the better passers in the early 1990s before retiring as a member of the Washington Redskins in 1998.
Combined with his only Pro Bowl coming as a member of the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, Hostetler won his two Super Bowls as a backup quarterback and thanks to a missed field goal by the Super Bowl cursed Bills of the early 1990s. He effectively game managed in his 15-year NFL career, but Hostetler isn’t one of the all-time greats that hoisted a Lombardi Trophy by any means.
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