The quarterback is the heart and soul of a football team, and it's nearly impossible to win a Super Bowl without one. Unfortunately for some NFL teams, their quarterback goes down at an inopportune time during a quest to win the Super Bowl. This is when it's pivotal to have a backup ready to grab the wheel and keep the car on the tracks. This list of the best backup quarterbacks to reach and win a Super Bowl will give you insight into qbs who did exactly that.
While not ideal, quarterback injuries do occur, albeit less often than other positions. It's rare for a backup quarterback to step in and not miss a beat, but on the rare occasion that it does happen, the result is glorious. On this list, you'll find Super Bowl winning quarterbacks such as Nick Foles, Tom Brady, Kurt Warner, Roger Staubach, and other NFL greats.
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In 2017, Foles took over for sophomore sensation Carson Wentz, who tore his ACL in Week 14. Losing their league MVP front-runner forced the first-place Philadelphia Eagles to turn to the strong-armed Foles in his second tenure with the team.
Things started slow, but once the NFL championship game came around, Foles was on another level. After thrashing the Minnesota Vikings, Foles led his Eagles to Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots, where he took home Super Bowl MVP honors behind a 373-yard, 3-TD performance to bring Philadelphia its first Super Bowl.
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States of America
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Warner took a circuitous route to the NFL via the Arena Football league. After Trent Green went down with a torn ACL in the 1999 preseason, Warner took over and set the league on fire. The Rams went 13-3, Warner won MVP, and they rode the momentum all the way to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Birthplace: Burlington, Iowa, United States of America
After starting only four games in five years, Hostetler was forced into the starting role with the New York Giants following an injury to Phil Simms in the 1990-91 season. He was able to guide the Giants to a victory in Super Bowl XXV following a turnover-free postseason due to the Giants holding opponents to just under 12 points per game.
Birthplace: Benson, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Doug Williams is perhaps best known for being the first black quarterback to raise the Lombardi trophy, but at the time of his triumph, he was just re-emerging as a starting quarterback as well.
After being relegated to the USFL, Williams resurfaced with the Washington Redskins late in the 1987-88 season and led a charge to Super Bowl XXII, where he took home MVP honors following his 340 yards and four touchdowns.
Birthplace: Zachary, Louisiana, United States of America