Picture this. One week, you’re calling a pediatrician in the kitchen. The next, you’re calling audibles at the line of scrimmage. Of an NFL game. One week, you’re changing diapers in the nursery. The next, you’re changing plays in the huddle. On national TV. One week, you’re chasing a naked baby on the way to the bathroom. The next, you’re being chased on a naked bootleg on the way to the end zone. By an all-pro linebacker.
Impossible, right? Wrong. Just ask Brian St. Pierre. Because last week he was a stay-at-home dad. This week, he’ll be starting at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers.
Yahoo sports blog chronicles the unlikely signal caller’s wild turn of events. It started with a string of injuries. Matt Moore, the team’s original starting quarterback, hurt his shoulder last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’s out for the season. The backup quarterback, rookie Jimmy Clausen, is still recovering from a concussion. That forced another rookie, Tony Pike, to finish the game for Moore. And the Panther’s much-maligned head coach, John Fox, wasn’t happy with Pike’s performance. Or so it would appear. Because Fox has handed the reigns of his offense over to St. Pierre, who’s more accustomed, at least of late, to handling burp cloths.
But that has not always been the case. St. Pierre played quarterback at Boston college and spent 8 years in the NFL, mostly in the role of “emergency starter,” a.k.a. third string quarterback for a handful of teams. In those 8 years, he’s thrown a grand total 5 passes resulting in a whopping 12 yards. But, late last week, he was promoted from the practice squad to the actual team, and this Sunday, he’ll get his first real NFL chance. And he’ll get it against one of the league’s most feared and talented defenses — the Baltimore Ravens.
The skeptics have spoken. You’ve heard of a captain going down with his ship, right? Well some feel this is an example of the captain making sure that his ship goes down and goes down hard given that Fox will almost assuredly be fired at the end of the season.
I obviously can’t speak to all that. But I can tell you one thing. I hope the skeptics are wrong. I hope that St. Pierre has the game of his life . Because I can’t think of a cooler story than this David taking down the 11 Goliaths who will be chasing him all day. But even if this fairytale doesn’t have a magical ending, one thing’s for certain.
It’ll make for a whale of a bedtime story.
Good luck, Brian. This dad’s rooting for you.
Picture: Getty Images
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