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Bubby Brister
Jersey #(s)
Born August 15, 1962 (1962-08-15) (age 47)
Monroe, Louisiana
Career information
Year(s) 19862000
NFL Draft 1986 / Round: 3 / Pick: 67
College Northeast Louisiana University
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 81-78
Yards 14,445
QB Rating 72.3
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Walter Andrew "Bubby" Brister, III (born August 15, 1962, in Monroe, Louisiana) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, and Minnesota Vikings. He played quarterback at Tulane and Northeast Louisiana University and was taken in the third round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He was given the nickname "Bubby" (a mispronunciation of "Brother") by one of his five older sisters. Being the sixth child born was his reason for choosing 6 as his jersey number.


Pittsburgh career

Pittsburgh sports writers and Steelers fans often made jokes about Brister's southern accent and perceived lack of sophistication, traits that were similarly mocked in Brister's predecessor, Terry Bradshaw. In a similar vein, his name was often misspoken. In a 1999 Sports Illustrated article, Brister cited "Bubba Brewster" and "Bobby Blister" as common manglings, and online his name often appears as "Bubba Brister."[1][2][3]

One of Brister's famous quotes came after a 1991 game between the Houston Oilers and Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh was getting blown out, and coach Chuck Noll wanted to pull starter Neil O'Donnell and replace him with Brister to finish the hopeless game. Brister replied "I don't mop up for anybody."

Brister played for the Steelers for seven years, several of them as the regular starter at quarterback. In 1992, new Steelers head coach Bill Cowher chose backup quarterback Neil O'Donnell over Brister, essentially ending his career as a starting player for the Steelers.

Later career

After brief stops as a backup quarterback for the Eagles and Jets, Brister moved to Denver, where he won two Super Bowl rings backing up future Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway. During the 1998 season, Elway was forced to sit out a number of games due to injury and Brister became the Broncos QB. He played well and the Broncos went undefeated in all of his starts (5-0); Brister also broke the team's record for longest rushing touchdown by a quarterback[1] and recorded a higher passer rating than Elway. However, when Elway retired in 1999, Brister was passed over for the starting spot in favor of Brian Griese, and the Broncos released him after that season.

Brister spent 2000 with the Vikings. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2001 but was cut before the season began. He then retired from football. He finished his career with a passing record of 1,207 completions in 2,212 attempts for 14,445 passing yards and 81 touchdowns.

Brister played in three conference championship games and two Super Bowls.

After retiring

After retiring from football, Brister spent a short time as a television sports analyst for Denver's Fox Sports Net affiliate. In 2003, Brister became the co-host of a hunting and fishing oriented show called Louisiana Outdoor Adventures on The Outdoor Channel. In 2005, he joined the staff of Hunter’s Specialties, a producer of hunting and fishing adventure videos.

He now lives in Mandeville, Louisiana with his wife and two children.

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Preceded by
Mark Malone
Pittsburgh Steelers Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Neil O'Donnell
Preceded by
John Elway
Denver Broncos Starting Quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Brian Griese


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