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  1. Snarf

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    Has there ever been a game in which all active quarterbacks for a team have been injured, and the team has had to put in a regular player as QB for the rest of the game?
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    I don't remember the exact details, but the Bears once put Walter Payton in at QB when Jim McMahon and Steve Fuller were hurt. If I recall correctly, it was because the 3rd string QB played horribly...not because he was also hurt.

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    Didn't the Pats use Troy once for this reason?
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    NO they used him in a preseason because at that time he was the 3rd QB...as they were only carrying 2..Last year one series; preseason.
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    Back in the 70's Terry Bradshaw got hurt and the Steelers back up who came in was Tony Dungy who was a DB. He became the only player to ever throw an interception and catch an interception in the same game.
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    without thorough digging, here is a record from '65

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Matte

    Late in the 1965 season, Matte also memorably filled in as an emergency quarterback when Colts QBs Johnny Unitas and Gary Cuozzo went down with season-ending injuries in consecutive home losses to the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, respectively. For the Colts' regular-season finale (a 20-17 win) against the Los Angeles Rams and the following weekend's one-game playoff at Green Bay (a 13-10 overtime loss resulting from a missed Packer field goal that was erroneously ruled good), Colts head coach Don Shula put a list of plays on a wristband that Matte wore. That wristband is now on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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    The Bodybag Game featured the Eagles injuring 9 Redskins and forcing them to put Brian Mitchell at QB
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    #95 Jersey

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    Ther was a famous game of legend when The Baltimore Colts lost all of their quarterbacks and played halfback Tom Matte at Quarterback and wrote the plays on his wrist.
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    Not that I am challenging you, but I find that hard to believe considering how many players played both ways in the early days.
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    I remember Tom Tupa (??) who was a punter (not when he was a Patriot) was the 3rd string quarterback, because he played in college. I remember he lined up behind center with a soccer cleat on his right foot.
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    From wikipedia ( not always reliable)....

    Dungy is the only NFL player since the AFL-NFL merger to intercept a pass and throw an interception in the same game. Dungy was the emergency quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 1977 game against the Houston Oilers when both Terry Bradshaw and Mike Kruczek went down with injuries on October 30,1977.[6] He played safety on defense.
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    There was a famous game where the Colts halfback Tom Matte played QB while Johhnny U and his backups were all injured. He had the plays pasted on tape on his forearm, the first anyone had ever done that.

    If I'm not mistaken, Matte actually started the game as a QB, and it might have even been a playoff game. I think he won too.

    Some of the Colts fans who post here might know but that was back in the glory Baltimore days...
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    AzPatsFan,
    Matte started two games, the last of the season and a tie breaker , playoff game against the Packers. The Colts won the last game of the season against the LA Rams and lost in OT to the Packers. Matte actually played option QB at Ohio State.
    Side note, besides the wrist band used in the Packers game, that has become standard practice, another thing came out of that game. The goal posts were extended upwards by the league after the referees erroneously called a Don Chandler field goal good, when it was wide.
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    i could have sworn that the 6th post of this thread brought up Tom Matte...

    ...do you mooks all have me on ignore? :eek:
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    No Jersey Selected

    Really!! Read the previous posts, people.
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    No you are not on ignore. I read all posts, and was just trying to answer AzPats Fan question.....
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    This thread is yet more evidence none of us actually read the threads we post in.

    In the spirit of this post I'd like to tell you all a little tale about Tom Matte...

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