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Backup QBs: Learn to rewire or retire

The former starter who accepts being an understudy gets hired more often

Originally Published: April 6, 2009
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

People wonder why Byron Leftwich doesn't have a job. They point to his solid résumé: a 24-22 starting record, terrific play last season for the Pittsburgh Steelers in relief of Ben Roethlisberger and the raw talent that made him the NFL draft's seventh overall pick in 2003.

The free-agent quarterback says money isn't an issue and all he wants is "a chance to compete," which is reasonable. So why can't former Jacksonville Jaguars starter Leftwich find work, especially ...

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