Tim Tebow and the Most Popular 2nd-String QBs in NFL History

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Tim Tebow and the Most Popular 2nd-String QBs in NFL History
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Everyone loves the backup quarterback. 

He has all the promise of an all-pro player without ever actually having to demonstrate it on the field. It is the blessing and curse of being second string. 

Even if he is thrust into a game and performs poorly, fans will simply say "he played pretty well, for a backup". When it comes to the second man under center, fans are understanding, forgiving and adoring, almost to a fault.

As soon as the starter begins to falter, legions of fans romanticize the on-field prowess of the quarterback in waiting.

With Tim Tebow in a Jet uniform, the backup love affair has never been stronger. Here is a look back at some of the most adored second string slingers in NFL history. 

The list of backups-turned-starters is endless, and includes the likes of Tom Brady and Steve Young, so the aim was to focus on those that spent the majority of their careers holding the clipboard or in backup/starter limbo. 

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