So they prayed
and the snap came and Hostetler didn't bobble, as he hasn't in his entire
career as a holder in New York, and Bahr's kick faded left but not left enough
to hurt, and it went through just as the clock ticked down to zero.
completed 15 of 27 pass attempts for 176 yards, was so rusty at being a hero
that he actually said hello to his wife and kids on TV, just as a rookie might
do. Then Bahr, an old friend from Penn State, came up and said, "I'm proud
of you," and he wasn't the only one.
calling him just about every day during the bad years," said Hostetler's
father, Norman, who in the uproarious Giants locker room was wearing his son's
cap like a souvenir stolen from a long-ago war. "He's been through a
Tell him. Tell
Jason, who is 5� now and might need surgery again. Tell Vicky. She's pregnant
again. This will be their third, after the arrival of another boy, Justin, 3�
years ago. Who knows what kind of times are ahead? But for right now, Tampa
looks like the prettiest place on earth, and Hoss won't have to sit alone at
those Super Bowl interview tables as he did four years ago when the Giants last
Not a bad story.
He goes to Tampa not only unbeaten in his career as a starter—6-0; read it and
believe, Parcells—but also as the third scrub quarterback to take his team to
the Super Bowl, preceded only by the Los Angeles Raiders' Jim Plunkett in 1981
and the Washington Redskins' Doug Williams in '88 (page 82).
"I don't want
to just take a team to the Super Bowl," Hostetler says. "I want to win
Boy, some guys
just don't know their place.