WVU Players in Super Bowl History: Top 10 Performers

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3: Jeff Hostetler, Super Bowls XXI and XXV

The lone Mountaineers quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl is none other than Jeff Hostetler.

At the beginning of his career, Hostetler served as the Giants back-up quarterback to Phil Simms when they defeated the Denver Broncos in SB XXI. New York took down Denver 39-20. Hostetler got a great view of the action from the bench, waiting for his opportunity.

Hostetler would get his shot in the 1990 season when Simms went down with a broken foot with only three games left in the regular season. Ironically, Simms injury came in a regular season game against the Buffalo Bills, the same team Hostetler would lead the Giants to victory against at the end of the season.

Hostetler completed 20 of 32 passes for 222 yards and 1 touchown. It was not the easiest of games for Hostetler as the Bills defense got after him, taking him to the ground time after time. Hostetler would even be sacked in this game.

Bill Parcels knew just how to balance his play calling to keep the Bills offense off of the field, feeding Otis Anderson the ball to control the clock for more than 40 minutes.

Hostetler’s victory would be sealed by Scott Norwood’s missed field goal, preserving a 20-19 win.