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Top 10 Backup Quarterbacks of All Time

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3. Jim Plunkett

Plunkett’s career started off strong, winning the Rookie of the Year award for his first season with the New England Patriots. The next six seasons were not so successful, and he was traded to the Oakland Raiders in 1978 as a backup. He barely played for two seasons, but was called up in 1980 when starting QB Dan Pastorini broke his leg. After a shaky start (five interceptions in his first game), Plunkett was off and running. He led the Raiders all the way to Super Bowl XV, making the team the first Wild Card in history to win the big game. But that's not the all. Plunkett helped the Raiders win the Super Bowl again in 1983 when he was called off the bench to take over for Marc Wilson. (AP Photo)

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