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Super Bowl Champion QB Jeff Hostetler Selected to West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame



Before Geno Smith and even Marc Burger, it was Jeff Hostetler who was making WVU fans proud in the NFL. Now many years after his playing days, Hostetler is receiving the highest honor for any West Virginia athlete.

Hostetler joins former WVU women’s basketball head coach Mike Carey as the newest members of the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

Even though winning a Super Bowl as a starting quarterback may be the top moment of his football career, one that spanned 15 years in the NFL, Hostetler is receiving this honor due to his success at WVU. Hostetler led the Mountaineers for two seasons in 1982 and 1983 after transferring from Penn State.

During his time at WVU, Hostetler threw for 4,251 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also added running for 498 yards on the ground. WVU reached the 1982 Gator Bowl and won the 1983 Hall of Fame Bowl with Hostetler under center. Hostetler finished seventh in the Hesiman voting after the 1983 season.

After graduating from WVU, Hostetler was drafted in the third round by the New York Giants with the 59th pick overall pick. He picked up two Super Bowl rings with the Giants, most notably taking over for an inured Phil Simms in 1990 and guiding the Giants to wins in the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XXV. Hostetler still remains the only WVU product to win a Super Bowl as a starting quarterback.

While the most memorable, his NFL career did not end in New York. The former Mountaineer also played for the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders (1993-96) and Washington Redskins (1997-98), earning a Pro Bowl selection for the Raiders in 1994. He finished his NFL career with 16,430 passing yards and 94 touchdowns.

Hostetler is already in the WVU Sports Hall of Fame and was named to the WVU all-time team.

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