Henson competed for the starting quarterback job against Tom Brady as a rookie under head coach Lloyd Carr and was eventually chosen the backup for the 1998 season. He appeared in eight games and completed 21 of 47 passes for 254 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. He also ran for two scores.
Brady's first career start came at New England College against Boston University. He went 16 of 30 for 217 yards with two interceptions. The Patriots lost 17-16 in double overtime.
In 1999, Henson started seven games before being replaced by Brady. He finished the year with 2,028 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, and nine interceptions while completing 62 percent of his passes. New England won its second Super Bowl that year after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-22 in the championship game.
Brady began his NFL career with a bang by throwing four touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills in his first game. He went on to have a record setting season in 2001 when he led the Patriots to their first ever Super Bowl appearance. New England defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-33 in double overtime of the conference championship game.
Brady has been named the MVP of the league's all-star games after winning three consecutive years from 2002-2004. He is also the only player in NFL history with a perfect record (17-0) when leading into the fourth quarter of any playoff game.
Drew Henson, Daniel Drew Daniel Henson (born February 13, 1980) is a former National Football League quarterback and Major League Baseball third baseman. The Houston Texans selected him in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He attended Michigan University and played football there. After graduating in 2002, he started working with the Chicago Bears as a coaching intern before joining their roster as a backup quarterback. In 2005, he was given a chance to start by injured star Rex Grossman but suffered a season-ending injury in his first game in charge. Henson has also worked with the New York Jets as a coaching intern while pursuing a career in baseball.
He signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2007 and spent that season on their practice squad. He was released by the Dolphins in 2008 but soon after signed with the Texans again. He was released by the Texans in 2009 but had brief stays with the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills before retiring from football in 2010.
During his time in college, Henson showed great potential as a quarterback and was considered one of the best players at his position. After leaving school early, he tried out for several teams in 2003 but wasn't picked up until five years later when the Texans signed him.
His only opportunity to show what he could do came in 2005 when Grossman was injured.
He was selected to the FHSAA's All-Century Team in 2007, which included the greatest 33 football players in Florida's 100-year history of high school football. Hutchinson was a member of coach Lloyd Carr's Michigan Wolverines football team from 1996 to 2000 while attending the University of Michigan. He started 31 of 32 games he appeared in and had 228 tackles and nine sacks during his two seasons in Ann Arbor.
Hutchinson played one season at St. Thomas Aquinas before transferring to Christian Brothers High School in Fort Lauderdale where he sat out one year due to NCAA transfer rules. He made an immediate impact for the Crusaders, making 89 tackles and three interceptions as a junior before leaving school early to enter the NFL Draft.
During his four years at Christian Brothers, the Crusaders went 88-4 with Hutchinson on the field, winning three state titles. He finished his career with 1,313 yards and 16 touchdowns on 122 carries (10.5 avg.) along with 229 tackles (23.5 avg.) and seven interceptions (one returned for a touchdown).
After going unselected in the 2001 NFL Draft, Hutchinson entered the league as a rookie free agent with the Minnesota Vikings. He started 12 games at outside linebacker as a rookie before being sidelined for most of 2002 with a knee injury that required surgery. He returned in 2003 but was eventually released by the Vikings after starting six games that season.
Hatcher was a quarterback for Valdosta State University from 1991 to 1994. Hatcher was a two-time All-American quarterback at Valdosta State University, where he passed for 11,363 yards and 121 touchdowns. In 1994, he guided the Blazers to their first-ever postseason appearance, reaching to the quarterfinals. He finished his career with 4,918 yards of offense and 49 touchdowns.
In 1995, Hatcher entered the NFL draft. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round (142nd overall pick). He played seven seasons for the Jaguars, finishing with 106 touchdowns and 57 interceptions. He also appeared in three games for the Baltimore Ravens during the 2000 season. His best year as a pro was 1998 when he threw for 3,340 yards and 26 touchdowns.
After his playing career ended, Hatcher served as an assistant coach for the Valdosta State Blazers. He spent one season as the team's offensive coordinator before being promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2007. Hatcher had great success while coaching the quarterbacks, including Ricky Jones who threw for 7,470 yards and 69 touchdowns over the course of four years.
When Jones went down to injury, Hatcher moved to wide receiver and helped recruit players to come to Valdosta State. This strategy worked for the Blazers, as they landed five recruits who committed to play division I football on campus. These players were ranked among the top 100 prospects in America by Rivals.com.
Young was a four-year starter behind Montana, but he shined as a backup. Substituting for an injured Montana, he tossed four touchdown passes in a 41-0 victory over the Chicago Bears in the first quarter of a 1987 game. He finished with 20 touchdowns to go along with just five interceptions.
After graduating from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1988, Young signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent. He spent three seasons with the team before being traded to the San Francisco 49ers. In 1991, he started eight games for the 49ers before suffering a knee injury that ended his season. Young returned for one more season in 1992 before being released by the 49ers.
After leaving football, Young got into business and served as the president of Steve Young Holdings, Inc. The company owns sports bars and restaurants across the United States. It also sponsors sports teams including the BYU Cougars baseball team and the California Storm basketball team.
Young married his high school sweetheart, Peggy, in 1989. The couple has four children together: two daughters and two sons. She works as a nurse while he manages several sports bars and restaurants across America.
In 2007, Young was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He is active with the charity called "Parkinson's Voice" that focuses on education and research for this illness.
Brian Hoyer was Brady's longest-serving backup, serving for more than four years. Though he was never called upon to make a significant contribution, Hoyer was always a reliable alternative. The same can be said for Jimmy Garoppolo, who spent three seasons as Brady's backup. He started two games in 2016 before suffering a knee injury that ended his season early.
During Brady's suspension for the 2014 NFL season, former Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett served as his replacement. The team drafted a quarterback with their first pick (Louisville's Jared Lorenzen) and signed another (Travis Kelcey) during Brady's absence. They also traded for Matt Cassel and acquired Josh McDaniels during this time.
When Brady returned from his four-game suspension in 2015, he reclaimed his job as the starter. However, he missed several games due to a torn ACL he suffered in Week 14 of that season. During those games, Mallett started five straight while Brady recovered. After Brady returned, Mallett remained his backup for one more season before being released in April 2017.
Brady has had many backups throughout his career, but none have stayed long enough or performed well enough to earn a starting job. Hoyer is the only one to start more than one game, while Garoppolo is the only one to start even one game.
They've all been fifth quarterbacks.