Andy and the 11 starters-turned-backups-turned-Cowboys starting QBs

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MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 22: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals gestures to the fans prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

When Andy Dalton takes the field on Monday Night Football, he will join an interesting group of players in Dallas Cowboys lore. Save for the ridiculous stretch following the Troy Aikman era, the organization has had a ridiculous run of outstanding franchise quarterbacks. From Eddie LeBaron to Don Meredith at the start of things, to Roger Staubach and Danny White and then to Aikman, Tony Romo and Dak Prescott, the list of starting signal callers is as impressive as any NFL team can boast.

Along the way though, the QBs have been hit by injuries like every other position and thus, the most important of them all has had a litany of other players taking their place under center. Occasionally the player is an unproven character, or a journeyman who landed in Dallas. However the Cowboys have an interesting trend of having former starters, high profile ones at that, making their way to Dallas as a backup. Getting one seems to have a moth-to-flame impact; almost all seem to end up starting a game or two. Like 10 others before him, Dalton fits into this category. Here’s a review of the lot and how they fared during their tenure.

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