How many times in NFL history has a quarterback been taken as the first pick in the entire NFL draft, then gone on to back up another QB who was the first pick in the draft?
I’ve noticed 2 examples of this, both involving David Carr (the first player taken in 2002). This year, he backs up Alex Smith on the 49ers - Alex was the first player taken in the 2005 draft. In 2008-2009, he backed up Eli Manning on the Giants, and Eli was the first pick in 2004.
I also know Steve Walsh once backed up Troy Aikman, but Walsh was the first player taken in the 1989 supplemental draft (Aikman was the first pick in the 1989 regular draft) - not quite the same.
Jeff George could have done this since he played for so many teams, but I don’t think he qualifies. Am I missing someone else?
David Carr also backed up Vinny Testaverde in 2007 with Carolina, coming in to replace him in one game when he left with an injury. (Testaverde was signed as an emergency replacement for Carr, who was injured, but I don’t know if he actually spent any time backing him up.)
Testaverde and Drew Bledsoe just missed each other with the Cowboys - Testaverde in 2004, Bledsoe in 2005-2006.
Surely Tim Couch would make the list, had he not been cut or released before even getting a regular season start during his comeback attempts with Green Bay, Chicago, Cincy, Tennessee, Miami, Pittsburgh, Houston, or Jacksonville.
Carr did actually back up Testaverde. I’m pretty sure I heard announcers at the time saying Carr backing up Testaverde was the first time this had ever happened. That stuck in my mind because it sucked much of the interest out of the factoid when he came to NY.