OA Request Day: Bubby Brister

Every once in a while, one of our Facebook or Twitter friends suggests an athlete to feature at OA. We’ve had a few such requests of late, so that’s why today is OA Request Day! You can request an athlete for us to feature by tweeting at us (@obscureathletes) or by ‘liking’ our page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Obscure-Athletes/263320263523

Justin Mann from Toronto, Onterio, has Bubby Brister on his mind. He’s of course talking about Walter Andrew Brister III, known on the field as “Bubby.” Justin Mann’s comment on the OA Facebook page read “Where’s the Bubby Brister Article?” Well, here it is, Justin.

Brister was drafted by the Steelers, and played the first seven seasons of his career in Pittsburgh, most notably the ’88-’91 seasons, in which he was the team’s primary starting quarterback. His pinnacle of NFL starting glory came in the 1991 Wild Card game in Houston against the Oilers, in which he orchestrated a game-tying, 82-yard drive to send the game to OT– a game Brister’s Steelers went on to win.

Bubby Brister’s renaissance came years later, in 1998, while he played for the Broncos. Denver QB John Elway went down with an injury, and Brister got the nod for four games, in which he went 4-0. He threw ten touchdowns during that span, to just three interceptions. They were, however, the last four games he’d ever start in the NFL, as the following year, Bob Griese’s kid got the starting quarterback job in Denver. Brister spent his final NFL days as a backup in Minnesota.

This man has a Super Bowl ring, and he deserves it. It was Brister, not Elway, who should have been handed the Lombardi Trophy by Denver owner Pat Bowlen in a moving postgame presentation. I can see it now: “THIS ONE’S FOR BUBBY!”



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