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Don't let the backup quarterback argument stand - most of the greats were backup quarterbacks!



We are going to look at the last 15 years’ worth of Super Bowls as a way to either support or dismiss the many pundits claiming the Chiefs are playing nothing but back-up quarterbacks – and thus should be discounted. This analysis will include both the winning team and the losing team, because – hey – you made it to the big show, therefore you get some credit whether you win it or not.

While you can read the breakdown below, consider each appearance in a Super Bowl to be a separate team. Therefore 30 teams have appeared in the last 15 Super Bowls. Of those 30 teams, 27 of them have fielded a quarterback that started as a backup. These names include Brett Favre, Kurt Warner, Tom Brady, Rich Gannon, Big Ben and Aaron Rodgers. What’s better is many of those were third string, practice squad and Arena/European players before getting their starting quarterback jobs.

So the next time you see a "professional" sports writer talking about how the Chiefs have just played a few backup quarterbacks and thus should be discounted, call them out on it. With players like Case Keenum looking like the next awesome quarterback that has now stolen the job from the team's starter, there's simply no argument for it.

Super Bowl XXXII – January 25, 1998

Green Bay Packers – Brett Favre: starts as a backup quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons in 1991 – and was awful at it.

Denver Broncos – John Elway: Started his first year but was a royal jerk to the team that drafted him in 1983, the Colts. This would begin the way Elway treated people and mark him as a jackass.

Super Bowl XXXIII – January 31, 1999

Denver Broncos – John Elway: Still a jerk

Atlanta Falcons – Chris Chandler: Backup

Super Bowl XXXIV – January 30, 2000

St Louis Rams – Kurt Warner: Started in the Arena League (so less than a backup quarterback)

Tennessee TitansSteve McNair: Started as a backup quarterback

Super Bowl XXXV – January 28, 2001

Baltimore RavensTrent Dilfer: Began as a backup for Buccaneers

New York GiantsKerry Collins: Backup for Panthers

Super Bowl XXXVI – February 3, 2002

St Louis Rams – Kurt Warner: Backup

New England Patriots – Tom Brady: Famous Backup for Drew Bledsoe anyone?

Super Bowl XXXVII – January 26, 2003

Oakland Raiders – Rich Gannon: Began as a backup for multiple teams

Tampa Bay BuccaneersBrad Johnson: Started as a third string, 9th round pick, for the Vikings

Super Bowl XXXVIII – February 1, 2004

Carolina PanthersJake Delhomme: Started on the practice squad then went to play in the European league.

New England Patriots – Tom Brady: Backup

Super Bowl XXXIX – February 6, 2005

New England Patriots – Tom Brady: Backup

Philadelphia EaglesDonovan McNabb: Initially a backup, brought in the second half of a loss to the Buccs in 1995.

Super Bowl XL – February 5, 2006

Seattle SeahawksMatt Hasselbeck: Started as Brett Favre’s backup.

Pittsburgh SteelersBen Roethlisberger: Started as a third string quarterback for the Steelers in 2004 Super Bowl XLI- February 4, 2007 Indianapolis ColtsPeyton Manning: Started

Chicago Bears - Rex Grossman: Third string behind Chris Chandler and Kordell Stewart

Super Bowl XLII – February 3, 2008

New Giants – Eli Manning: Started as Kurt Warner’s backup

New England Patriots – Tom Brady: Backup

Super Bowl XLIII – February 1, 2009

Pittsburgh Steelers - Ben Roethlisberger: Backup

Arizona Cardinals – Kurt Warner: Backup

Super Bowl XLIV – February 7, 2010

New Orleans SaintsDrew Brees: Starter

Indianapolis Colts – Peyton Manning: Starter

Super Bowl XLV – February 6, 2011

Green Bay Packers - Aaron Rodgers: Was a backup for three years

Pittsburgh Steelers - Ben Roethlisberger: Backup

Super Bowl XLVI- February 5, 2012

New York Giants – Eli Manning: Backup

New England Patriots – Tom Brady: Backup

Super Bowl XLVII – February 2, 2013

Baltimore Ravens – Joe Flacco: Drafted as a backup but ended up as a starter after Kyle Bolmer was injured and Troy Smith became ill.

San Francisco 49ersColin Kaepernick: Backup to our own Alex Smith

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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