The Pittsburgh Steelers have had their fair share of backup quarterbacks over the past five years or so.
One of those is currently thriving somewhere else.
Joshua Dobbs has beat the odds twice this season already.
First, he led the Arizona Cardinals to an unlikely win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Then, he did something even more remarkable by leading the Minnesota Vikings — his third team this season — to a win on Sunday despite not taking a single rep at practice.
When asked about his dream-like story, Dobbs credited Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin for helping him stay ready at all times.
Dobbs stated that Tomlin taught him that people really don’t care about the context and they just want to see the players succeed, which is why he just keeps putting in the work regardless of his situation (via Steelers Depot on Twitter).
Josh Dobbs: "In this league, man, there's never an excuse for your circumstance. And I learned that from Coach T [Tomlin]. You know, usually people don't really care about your circumstance, they just wanna see you succeed given the circumstance you're given." #Steelers #NFL 👍 pic.twitter.com/WWq5yTINk0
— Steelers Depot 7⃣ (@Steelersdepot) November 6, 2023
The Vikings traded for Dobbs in the wake of Kirk Cousins’ recent season-ending Achilles injury.
He had to be rushed onto the field in the first quarter after Minnesota rookie quarterback Jaren Hall left with a concussion.
Dobbs admittedly didn’t even know some of his teammates’ names, yet he made some big plays to get the win over the Atlanta Falcons, throwing for a couple of scores and scrambling his way into the end zone for another.
He’s likely never going to be a full-time starter in the league, but his work ethic will grant him plenty of more opportunities to be a part of other teams, and a lot of that will be thanks to coach Tomlin’s tutelage.