From the bench to Super Bowl champion: Jeff Hostetler’s advice to Raiders QB Matt McGloin

The patron saint of backup quarterbacks has some advice for Matt McGloin.


There have been seven quarterbacks that weren’t originally starters who ended up winning Super Bowls, but the one that most closely mirrors what McGloin is attempting is Jeff Hostetler.

It was Dec. 15, 1990 when New York Giants starting quarterback Phil Simms broke his foot against the Buffalo Bills. In came Hostetler, a little-used six-year veteran getting his big chance at age 29.

“You came to realize that sometimes opportunities came and sometimes they didn’t,” Hostetler said in a phone interview Thursday night. “Most of the times when opportunities did present themselves, if guys didn’t take advantage of them, that was it.”

The Giants ended up losing to the Bills that day 17-13, falling to 11-3. Hostetler, however, directed the Giants not only to regular-season wins over Phoenix and New England to finish 13-3, but then won playoff games over the Chicago Bears, the defending champion 49ers and finally the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV.

Hostetler took over a ground-oriented team with a Lawrence Taylor-led defense and looked to lead and minimize mistakes. His biggest numbers were in the Super Bowl, when he completed 20 of 32 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown.

But it wasn’t numbers Hostetler was after. And that’s how Hostetler thinks McGloin, replacing injured starter Derek Carr, should approach the Raiders final regular-season game Sunday against Denver as well as the postseason.


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