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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.
Hostetler, who 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.
"I remember 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 lot."
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 did this.
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 one."
Boy, some guys just don't know their place.