Ranking the top 5 backup quarterbacks in Washington Commanders franchise history

A look back at the best backup quarterbacks in Commanders franchise history.
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4. Todd Collins - Former Commanders QB

A second-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 1995 NFL Draft, Todd Collins spent most of his career with Buffalo and the Kansas City Chiefs before coming to the now-Washington Commanders in 2006. The former Michigan Wolverine was a career backup and served in the same role in Washington, as second string to then-starter Jason Campbell.

When Campbell was lost for the season in late 2007, Collins came on in relief and sparked a team decimated by injury and still reeling from the death of all-world safety Sean Taylor nine days earlier. The grizzled gunslinger came off the bench and dazzled, completing 15 of 20 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns and leading the 24–16 comeback victory over the Chicago Bears.

Collins then led the team to three consecutive victories as the starter to close out the regular season. Washington finished with a 9–7 record and secured a wild card playoff berth when all hope seemed lost.

Washington would go on to lose in the playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks. But Collins etched his name into the team's history books with his more than admirable performance.

The beloved backup will always be a part of Washington football folklore when looking back on that magical run after one of the most tragic moments in franchise history.