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Shane FalcoWith the Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the news lately for his recent scandal, it’s easy to forget just how good Pryor has been. While he may not appreciate the pride of the university and the legacy of players before him, he comes from a long line of very successful Buckeye quarterbacks. Men such as Troy Smith, Joe Germaine, Craig Krenzel, and Mike Tomczak have all worn the scarlet and gray, but one name you won’t see on any “Top Buckeye QB lists” is the one and only Shane Falco.

Maybe you overlooked this former All-American. Maybe you don’t remember that he suffered an embarrassing loss in the 1996 Sugar Bowl, falling by a whopping 45 points, and earning the nickname “Footsteps” because he was too quick to dump the ball off and shied away from contact. Maybe you forgot he was drafted by San Diego and that his professional career lasted just a single season when he was unable to overcome his tendency to choke. Maybe you don’t know any of this because Shane Falco isn’t a real person. He’s just a character played by legendary Keanu Reeves in the movie The Replacements. (Thank you TBS for showing this last night…twice.)

Shane Falco gets a second chance at his NFL career when he crosses the picket line to play for the Washington Sentinals. Over the course of just 4 games, Falco manages to accomplish:

  • Overcoming his fear of failure
  • Saving his kicker from throwing the game by pulling a Peppermint Patty
  • Dating the hot cheerleader who doesn’t date players, especially quarterbacks
  • Rallying a team of nobodies to victory over a real NFL team
  • Bringing sports joy to Washington DC when we all know that isn’t really possible

You can’t help but root for the guy. For crying out loud, his other job is cleaning barnacles off the underside of boats! But he won’t be doing that for long. His redeeming performance for the Sentinals has set the table for him to replace Troy Aikman in the broadcasting booth.

So maybe Shane Falco isn’t really the best Ohio State Buckeye quarterback of all time. But what other quarterback can dodge bullets like this?

“Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory… lasts forever.”