One of the most memorable names in the history of pro football is that of former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Bubby Brister. Brister was drafted into the NFL by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1986 NFL Draft out of Northeast Louisiana University, he also played some for Tulane. He was never the type of quarterback that franchises seem to dream of as he didn’t possess the cannon arm that most teams search for and value so highly. Brister was however very mobile and played well under what were at times difficult circumstances. Bubby Brister played seven seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers, from 1986 to 1992, and was the team’s primary starting quarterback from 1988 through 1990 only to eventually be replaced by Neil O’Donnell. He would then go on to play two seasons in Philadelphia, one with the New York Jets, three years with the Broncos, and one last season with the Vikings. In 2001, he would sign with the Kansas City Chiefs but be cut from the team during the preseason and announce his retirement shortly thereafter.
While with Pittsburgh, Brister would go 28-29 as the starting quarterback and would throw more touchdowns than interceptions. Brister made major contributions while a member of the Denver Broncos, in 1998 John Elway would go down with an injury and Brister would step in as the starting quarterback for the final five games of the season. The team would go 5-0 with Brister at the helm and Elway would eventually return and lead the team to a Super Bowl victory. Brister would earn two Super Bowl rings as a member of the Broncos, but when John Elway retired the starting quarterback job was given to Brian Griese and Bubby Brister was released.
Interesting facts about Bubby Brister:
-His full name is Walter Andrew Brister, III
-The only time that Bubby Brister was the leader in a yearly statistical category was in 1989 when he was the league leader in total yards lost due to being sacked with 452 yards.
-Brister was drafted in the third round of the 1986 NFL Draft, quarterbacks taken ahead of him included Jim Everett, Chuck Long, and Jack Trudeau.
-Brister chose jersey number six because he was the sixth child born in his family.
-Even though he played quarterback, Brister did catch two passes during his NFL career. The first one in 1989 as a member of the Steelers went for a ten yard loss, and the second one in 1995 when he played for the Jets went for a two yard gain.
-In 1988, while starting 13 games for the Steelers, Bubby Brister had a very respectable six rushing touchdowns as a quarterback.