Jim Sorgi on Being a Backup QB

 “Sorgi, who was Manning’s backup for six of those seasons before moving on to the New York Giants, where shoulder problems marred his 2010 season, says, “Some years I’d get lucky because Peyton would lock up the division so early, I’d get to play a game or two at the end of the season, which was nice. But there were other years, like our Super Bowl season, when I’d go from last game of the preseason through the whole regular season and never take a snap until the last game of the regular season. Not one snap from late August to January. It’s like taking a whole season off.

“Then we were playing the New England Patriots in the AFC title game, and Peyton hit his hand on a helmet throwing the ball. As he came off to sideline he looked at me and said, ‘Be ready.'”

Be ready? Now?!

“I take a lot of pride in preparing every week like I’m going to start, and you tell yourself you can do it … but it was the most nerve-wracking moment of my career,” Sorgi admits with a laugh.”

From “Time for a new NFL backup quarterback plan” by Johnette Howard, ESPN.com

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