KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Tyler Palko knows full well that the most popular guy in town is the backup quarterback. He's the one every fan wants to see at the first sign of trouble, whose name floats across the airwaves whenever the starter is struggling.
Well, Palko has a chance to earn some of that popularity now.
The Kansas City Chiefs' backup has been thrust into the spotlight with Matt Cassel sidelined by a likely season-ending injury to his throwing hand. A journeyman once cut by a UFL team will make the first start of his career Monday night at New England.
"I don't think you can play quarterback and really worry about stuff like that," said Palko, who etched his name alongside Dan Marino's in the record books during a standout college career at Pittsburgh.
"There's so much that goes into playing quarterback, from studying all week to understanding what everyone has to do on every play, at least in my mind, I don't have any time to think about it," said Palko, the son of a hig...