Elvis Grbac took over for Steve Bono as the backup to Steve Young in 1994. He’d quarterbacked the Michigan Wolverines before that, but was overshadowed by Desmond Howard, and was an eighth-round choice in 1993. When Young was injured in 1995 and Elvis came in with a stellar performance in Dallas, he was rewarded with a Sports Illustrated cover, and he did pretty well for a few games. The quarterback position reverted to Young, though, for the rest of 1995.
In the NFC division round playoffs after the 1996 season, when Young’s two broken ribs kept him on the sidelines for most of the game, Grbac substituted for him in a disappointing 35-14 loss at the Packers. People were talking about Grbac displacing Young as Young had displaced Montana, but Grbac instead followed the trail of Montana, going to the Chiefs in 1997, and then Baltimore in 2001, for his final season. After being released in March 2002, Grbac retired.