To be a Tom Brady backup is …

Being a backup for the Pats' QB is one of the toughest jobs in the NFL

Updated: January 22, 2013, 1:31 AM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

The first man thrust into the hopeless situation of being Tom Brady's backup believed, for a little while at least, that he stood a chance. He watched film until his eyes glazed over, just like Brady did, and with every precious snap Damon Huard got, he tried to do everything perfectly. Before this gig, Huard had backed up Dan Marino, who taught him to be a pro and always, under every circumstance, to stay confident.

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