NFL news of November 20, 2002

Other than lasting 16 seasons in a league that chews up and spits out quarterbacks, Steve Beuerlein has had the most rottenNFL luck.

His first NFL stop was Los Angeles, where Raiders owner Al Davis refused to forgive Beuerlein for not re-signing with the team until the week before the 1990 opener. After the season, Beuerlein was dealt to Dallas.

In Dallas, Beuerlein found himself backing up future Hall-of-

Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, a Cowboys fixture until he retired after the 2000 season.

After two seasons in Dallas, Beuerlein lunged at the chance to sign with the Cardinals and coach Joe Bugel, who promised him a starting job he could call his own. But one year after they joined forces, the Cardinals fired Bugel, hired Buddy Ryan and later exposed Beuerlein in the expansion draft.

Two months after Jacksonville selected Beuerlein with the first overall pick in the 1995 expansion draft, the Jaguars traded two draft picks to Green Bay for their quarterback of the future, Mark Brunell.

— Adam Schefter, The Denver Post “Backup against the wall QB Beuerlein’s NFL luck not hot”

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