NY Giants: Top 10 Quarterbacks of All-Time
9) Jeff Hostetler
Legacy: Two-time Super Bowl Champion (XXI, XXV)
Jeff Hostetler had to wait a while for his opportunity after the Giants drafted him 59th overall in the 1984 NFL Draft – but when his time came, he took advantage.
He bided his time and a new door opened when Phil Simms suffered a season-ending foot injury in December 1990 – Hostetler was about to take over a Giants’ team with all the potential in the world.
Instead of folding, he was ready for the moment – leading the team to wins in the final two regular season games – locking up a first round bye. He continued his solid play in both playoff games, where his team defeated the vaunted Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers en route to a Super Bowl appearance.
He would save the best for last – passing for 222 yards and a touchdown in a 20-19 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Hostetler went from contemplating retirement to leading the Giants to their second Lombardi Trophy.
The wheels could’ve fallen off for the 1990 Giants when Simms went down – instead, Hostetler took over and helped make them immortal.