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Mitchell Rosen: Backup quarterbacks are important — so are backup plans

By in Press Enterprise on February 10, 2018

By Mitchell Rosen

I’m not much of a football fan. I knew last Sunday was the Super Bowl only because I noticed there were no parking spaces available in front of the homes on my street. That and when I went to the market, because 75 percent of the purchases appeared to be beer, nachos and guacamole.

Like watching the Olympics, though, even a non-sports fan like myself enjoys watching the best of the best compete, no matter what the event.

Having not followed football since the Rams left L.A., I had no favorite team in the game. Being a true American, though, I was prepared to root for the underdog. The Philadelphia Eagles? Oh, OK, sure, who doesn’t like a predatory bird?

I became more emotionally involved learning the Eagles’ quarterback was a backup who only got to play because the main guy couldn’t. And, add to the mix, the Eagles’ kicker was a rookie playing in the biggest game of any football player’s life. Nice — Patriots and Eagles, aka David v. Goliath.

The game was amazing, a true nail-biter. Even though I’ve never been to Philadelphia, and cream cheese is my only connection, I cheered and groaned and grimaced through four quarters. The Eagles won and the backup quarterback who contemplated quitting football because no team would start him, was the hero of the day. Cool. Underdog goes from obscurity and nearly quitting into the brightest spotlight in sports. Not bad.

Backup quarterbacks, like understudies in a play, have always intrigued me. I was living in San Francisco when Steve Young replaced the 49ers’ elite veteran quarterback, Joe Montana. Young was the backup I never heard of. As football fans know, Young went on to become one of the greats.

What is lesser known, while Young was waiting for Montana to leave the spotlight, Young decided […]    

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