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Former BC QB Brian St. Pierre to Start for Panthers

Brian St. Pierre (SI Photo)

After a good career at Boston College, quarterback Brian St. Pierre has had little success at the NFL level. Drafted in the fifth round in 2002, St. Pierre has thrown just five passes in eight NFL seasons with the Steelers (twice), Ravens, and Cardinals.

Out of desperation, the Carolina Panthers signed the 30-year-old St. Pierre this week. Starter Matt Moore is out for the season and Notre Dame alum Jimmy Clausen suffered a concussion and will be unavailable. In a susprise move, John Fox named St. Pierre the starter for Sunday’s game ahead of rookie Tony Pike.

“John Fox came in to me on Wednesday and said, ‘Vinny Testaverde came in and did this three years ago,” St. Pierre said. “And I said, ‘Well, Vinny has a little better resume than I do.’”

St. Pierre only had one offseason workout in 2010 (with the Patriots), and has been spending time with his 18-month-old son in the Boston area. He turned down a $50,000 contract to play with Omaha of the UFL.

“I’ve played long enough in the league where [money] wasn’t a huge issue for me,” St. Pierre said. “With a young kid, I didn’t want to uproot him and bring him to Omaha, Neb.”

Had St. Pierre signed with Omaha, he would be unavailable to sign with the Panthers this season. But, he elected to remain in Boston and wait for his chance, and the Panthers came calling.

St. Pierre faces by far the toughest defense of his career in the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, which should present an unbelievable challenege. Unfortunately for him, you also could argue he had more weapons around him during his days at BC than the banged up, 1-8 Panthers do today. Good luck old friend!

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