Former Giants quarterback Jeff Hostetler said he hopes Eagles quarterback Nick Foles can do what he did in 1990: win a Super Bowl despite being a backup quarterback.
Hostetler backed up Phil Simms in 1990 before Simms suffered a broken foot in Week 14. When he took over, he went 5-0, including a 20-19 win over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV to become the first quarterback to take over late in the season and win the title.
Foles has the opportunity to do the same this season after he took over for Carson Wentz, whose MVP-caliber year ended in Week 14 when he suffered a torn ACL.
"I see a lot of similarities," Hostetler said, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. "I see the same type of underdog mentality and people jumping off the bandwagon and people saying it can't be done. If you go statistically, it likely can't be done. But I'm one of those that can say it has been done."
Hostetler threw for 823 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in the five victories, including a 222-yard, one-touchdown performance in the Super Bowl. He had played minimally in his first four seasons in the league, but after leading the Giants to the Super Bowl became the team's starting quarterback the following season.
"The term 'backup,' yeah [I was tired of it], because I never felt that I was a backup," Hostetler told Raanan. "But at that particular point, I hadn't had the opportunity. So that was the die I was cast into. That was who I was at the time. I hadn't had the opportunity. The reason was the guy in front of me hadn't gotten hurt and was playing real well. The alternatives was to shut it down and go home and give it up or continue to stick with it and be prepared and ready to go if the chance came. That is what I chose at that particular point, never knowing if I would get the chance or not."
Foles likely won't take over for Wentz even if the Eagles beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Wentz, the No. 2 pick in 2016, threw for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions before he suffered the injury, leading Philadelphia to an 11-2 record. He had four games in which he threw four touchdowns.
But Foles, 29, has not lost a game in which he played in its entirety since he took over the reins. In last Sunday's NFC Championship game, he threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-7 rout over the Minnesota Vikings.
Hostetler said he would like to share the history with Foles, so long as Foles beats Tom Brady and the Patriots.
"He would be great company to have," Hostetler told Raanan. "I'm impressed with the man. It would be great company."