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    It's getting to the point where I'm jonesing for some football now after the season has been over for a few months, we're getting into that deep dark area now where it's time to settle in for the long haul of 16 weeks of football-less life. I figured I'd pass the time by posting threads about random players, teams, seasons, just whatever catches my interest. Pro Football is such a great site, I end up looking up a guy on there and get lost looking at stats for hours at a time. One player leads to another to another, and so on and so on. One particular player that I find interesting at the moment is Steve Beuerlein.

    -Drafted by Raiders in 1987 and suffered season ending injury that preseason

    -Raiders went back and forth with Beuerlein and Jay Schroeder in 88 and 89 seasons

    -Beuerlein started 15 games over the two year span in 88 and 89, went 8-7, 213/455(46.8%), 3,320 yards, 21 tds/16 int

    -Was going to be paid lowest salary of any starting QB in 1990 with $140,000 by Raiders

    -Held out early in 1990 season, was finally signed to a new deal but Al Davis held him inactive for entire year

    -Was shipped to Dallas to backup Troy Aikman in 1991, came in and went 4-0 when Aikman got hurt(68/137, 49.6%, 909 yds, 5td/2int)

    -Never started a game in 1992, threw 18 passes all year for the Cowboys

    -Signed with Cardinals in 1993, went 6-8(258/418, 61.7%, 3,164 yds 18td/17int)

    -Buddy Ryan came in to coach Cardinals in 1994 and benched him after 2 games, calling him a cancer and "one of the worst quarterbacks he had ever seen"

    -Drafted #1 by the Jaguars in the 1995 expansion draft, tore his knee in second game and eventually lost starting job to Mark Brunell

    -Signed with Panthers in 1996 but played backup for Kerry Collins for the 96 and 97 years, went 4-3 as a starter(158/276, 57.2%, 1,911, 14td/5int

    -Kerry Collins falls apart on and off the field in 1998 and gets released after the 4th game, Beuerlein starts the rest of the season and goes 4-8, 216/343 63%, 2,613, 17td/12int

    Then George Seifert is hired as head coach of the Panthers for 1999, Beuerlein is the starter for all 16 games for the first time in his 10 year career and goes on to have one of the all time great one hit wonder years, throwing 343 of 571(60.1%), 4,436 yards(11th most ever in NFL history up to that point), with 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. The Panthers went 8-8 and just barely missed the playoffs on tiebreakers with the Cowboys. The Panthers stuck with Beuerlein in 2000 but he played poorly, throwing 18 interceptions vs 19 touchdowns, finishing with a 7-9 record. He finished his career in Denver as a backup for the Broncos in 2001 and 2002, only starting 5 games over the 2 year span, throwing 8 tds and 10 interceptions.

    Beuerlein in action in 1999: