5 greatest backup quarterbacks in Pittsburgh Steelers history

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1. Charlie Batch

Charlie Batch is the universal answer to the question "Who is the best backup quarterback in franchise history?" While Jonathon Scott's recent comments on Batch being the answer to the Steelers 2010 season are interesting, to say the least, Batch was a serviceable option whenever Roethlisberger had injuries, or, in the case of the 2010 season, legal issues, crop op.

Batch is a Pittsburgh native that was drafted by Kevin Colbert in Detroit in the second round out of Eastern Michigan. He saw significant play time in Detroit, but of course, the Lions lacked talent and after an 0-9 record as the starter in 2001, Batch found his way to Pittsburgh once again.

Batch didn't see much action early on. He was the third string quarterback behind Maddox and Stewart in 2002 and missed the season in 2004 with a knee injury. He backed up Roethlisberger from 2005 onward with the exception of the 2008 season and performed admirably when called upon.

The 2010 season is where he doubled up on the hometown respect as Batch started in Weeks 3 and 4 in lieu of the injured Dennis Dixon, Leftwich, and suspended Roethlisberger. Batch threw three touchdowns in a 38-13 win over the Buccaneers in Week 3. The Steelers held a 14-10 lead over the Ravens, looking to start the season 4-0 without Roethlisberger, but a game-winning drive from Joe Flacco foiled those efforts.

Batch had his revenge two years later in his final start. The Steelers entered the fourth quarter with a 20-13 deficit. Halfway through the quarter, Batch connected with Heath Miller on a seven-yard touchdown to tie the game. With time expiring, Batch put kicker Shaun Suisham in position for a game-winning 42-yard field goal, which he nailed to hand the Steelers a much-needed victory.

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Those were the last snaps Batch played in the NFL, snaps Steelers fans still respect to this day.