Thrust into the national spotlight last season thanks to Peyton Manning's neck, Painter and his Kurt Cobain/Prince Valiant haircut captured our imagination during eight feverish starts with the Indianapolis Colts. During Indy's darkest hour, he selflessly guided the organization to the top pick in the draft by losing every one of those games.
In his honor, we present our list of the five most interesting backup quarterbacks in football -- other than Curtis Painter:
- Charlie Batch -- The world could end tomorrow and Chaz Batch would come out on the other side as the backup quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Like Godzilla, cannot be destroyed by conventional weapons.
- John Beck -- We might not believe in John Beck. You might not believe in John Beck. But John Beck will always believe in John Beck. A combination of determination and delusion that never ceases to entertain.
- Vince Young -- Most people pine for their college days, but nobody has a better reason to wax nostalgic like our man VY. Former No. 3 overall pick now behind two seventh-round picks on the Bills' depth chart. On the bright side, at least a convicted felon didn't attempt to assume his identity. Oh wait.