"Hey, he can
afford it," says quarterback Steve DeBerg jokingly. The 33-year-old,
two-year starter likes what he has seen of his young heir apparent. "He
hasn't let this thing go to his head," says DeBerg. "And he's a very
that the starting job is up for grabs and that he won't rush Testaverde into
action if he's not ready. "If the season started tomorrow, our best chance
for victory would be with Steve DeBerg," he says. "I'll start the guy
who gives us the best shot at winning."
prepared for anything. "I can go out in the first game and do terrible, and
then come out in the second and get booed, and I won't care, because I know
that I'm going to be right up there. It's only a matter of time. If I sit or I
start, I'll be fine."
After all, this
is a guy who waited three seasons to start in high school and languished in the
shadow of Kosar and Jim Kelly at Miami before getting the first-string job as a
junior. Testaverde has learned that patience has its rewards, among them an
$8.2 million contract, a sleek powerboat and even a guest spot with the Beach
Boys. "I had a dream," he says. "It just took me a little while to
get there. Hey, I'm still the same person. I don't own the world now. But I'm
on top of it."