Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will get a chance to do something only one other quarterback has done in NFL history if he can lead the Eagles to a Superbowl win over the New England Patriots on Sunday for Superbowl 2018.
Foles can become the second backup quarterback to lead his team to a Super Bowl win after taking over the starting job late in the season.
Tom Brady, who will be going for his sixth Super Bowl on Sunday, led the Patriots to a Super Bowl win as a backup, but he took over the starting job in week 2 after Drew Bledsoe got injured, which gave him plenty of time to get used to his teammates.
Jeff Hostetler, who took over as the starter for the New York Giants late in the 1990 season after Phil Simms got injured in week 15, is the only quarterback to take over for a starter that late in the season and win the Super Bowl.
Hostetler started five games and didn’t throw an interception as he led the Giants to the Super Bowl win. He also helped New York knock off the defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.
The good news for Foles is Hostetler is rooting for him to become the player that bettors want to bet on Superbowl winner as but it won’t be easy for Foles and the Eagles.
“That’s OK,” Hostetler said. “He would be great company to have. I’m impressed with the man. It would be great company.”
Hostetler parlayed his success with the Giants during that season into a starting job, and became the full time starter for the Giants and later with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders.
Foles was already the starter for the Eagles when Chip Kelly was the coach, and if he leads the Eagles to their first Super Bowl win, should be able to land a starting job.