In order to get you through the drudgery of the off-season, we here at KSK are cranking up the nostalgia machine and looking at some of the immortal backup quarterbacks in NFL history. You’ve loved some of these guys, and utterly fucking loathed others, but you definitely remember them. Either way, you might be wondering what they’ve been up to since leaving their clipboard duties, so that’s why we proudly present our new series, Better Know A Backup Quarterback. Today, we look at former Steelers, Eagles, Jets, Broncos, and Vikings QB Bubby Brister.
– Birth name is Walter Andrew Brister, which means someone gave him the nickname “Bubby” and he just ran with it! I bet he’d love to go back in time and call himself WB3.
– Was actually a starter for a fair amount of his career, but since he had more seasons as a backup than a starter, he’s still eligible for this feature.
– Started for the Steelers in the late ’80s during one of the rare times when they weren’t that good – they made the playoffs just once in his three seasons as the starter, and that was with an extremely weak AFC in 89. Thanks to Ericbz for pointing out my error earlier where I said they missed the playoffs all three years. So, basically, he is to the Steelers as Cedric Ceballos is to the Lakers, only worse.
– Is super jealous of the random playoff season that Tommy Maddox had with the Steelers in 2002.
– Everyday he doesn’t host a morning radio show with Doug Fister called Brister & Fister In The Morning is a dark day for America.
– Managed to go 4-0 when Elway got hurt in 1998, briefly giving Broncos fans false hope that there team wasn’t completely fucked when Elway retired. This is roughly the equivalent of if the Broncos had signed Josh McCown as Manning’s successor this off-season.
– Did not start a single game after the 1998 season, and threw zero touchdowns and four picks for the rest of his career. But hey, he did get mentioned in a South Park episode in 1999. I think it was the Jakovasaurs episode. Anyway, that’s probably one of the three biggest highlights of his career.
– Spent all of his earnings within a month of retiring. This will be the subject of the upcoming 30-For-30 documentary Brister’s Millions.