Ranking the all-time best offensive players in the NFL from BYU: #5-1

5.  Paul Howard- Howard was the 54th overall pick in the third round of the 1973 draft by the Denver Broncos.

 

Howard spent All 187 games of his 13 year NFL career with the Broncos.  Howard started 147 games at right guard and was very consistent.

 

In fact, Howard started at least 13 games in 10 of his final 11 seasons in the league.

 

Chicago Bears football team quarterback Jim Mc...
Chicago Bears football team quarterback Jim McMahon poses in front of an F-16B Fighting Falcon aircraft during his visit to the base as guest speaker at the Electronics Systems Division banquet at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. Exact Date Shot Unknown. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

4.  Jim McMahon-McMahon was the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 1982 draft by the Chicago Bears.

 

While never putting up huge numbers in the NFL like he did at BYU, McMahon was an ultimate winner.  In fact, McMahon’s teams won 67 of the 97 games he started.

 

His greatest success came as a member of the Bears where McMahon was under center for one of the best teams in NFL history in 1985.  That year, McMahon threw for career highs of 2,392 yards and 15 touchdowns while winning every game he started in.  In fact, McMahon didn’t lose a regular season start for two straight seasons.  McMahon made the pro bowl in 1985 while helping to lead the bears to their last super bowl victory.

 

For his career, McMahon threw for more than 18,000 yards and 100 touchdowns as well as rushing for 1,631 yards and 16 more scores.

 

3.  Todd Christensen- Christensen was the 56th overall pick in the second round of the 1978 draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

 

Even though he was drafted by the Cowboys, Christensen never played a game for Dallas.

 

He saw his first game action with the New York Giants before making his way to the Raiders in 1979.

 

It was with the Raiders that Christensen had all of his on field success but that didn’t happen right away.  Christensen did catch a pass with the Raiders until the second game of the 1981 season and didn’t make his first start until 1982.

 

After Christensen became a starter he began to pick up huge numbers as a tight end.

 

From 1983 to 1987, Christensen started 76 games and made five Pro Bowls.  During that stretch, Christensen had three 1,000 yard receiving seasons, led the NFL in receptions two years and caught 35 touchdowns while being named an All-Pro twice.

 

For his career, Christensen registered 461 receptions for 5,872 yards and 41 touchdowns.

 

2.  Bart Oates- after leaving BYU in 1982, Oates spent the first three years of his pro career in the USFL and won two Championships before signing with the New York Giants.

 

Oates played 11 seasons in the NFL for two teams after making the switch.

 

During his first nine years in the league, Oates played for the New York Giants and was a fixture at Center.  Oates won two Super Bowl rings and made three Pro Bowls while in New York.

 

Oates last two seasons in the NFL were spent protecting his old college quarterback Steve Young with the San Francisco Forty-Niners.  Oates made the Pro Bowl both seasons and won his third Super Bowl ring after the 1994 season.

 

ESPN's broadcast set for the 2009 National Foo...
ESPN’s broadcast set for the 2009 National Football League Draft. From left to right, Mel Kiper Jr., Keyshawn Johnson, Steve Young, and Chris Berman. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

1.  Steve Young- Young started his pro career in the USFL before being selected by the Tampa Bay Bucs with the first pick of the 1984 supplemental draft.

 

His career in Tampa was somewhat of a disaster as Young only won three of his 19 starts while throwing ten more picks than touchdowns.

 

Young found new life as a member of the San Francisco Forty-Niners but only after four seasons as the backup to Joe Montana.  As a starter of the Niners for most of eight seasons, young was one of the best quarterbacks the NFL has ever had.  He led the league in completion percentage, touchdowns and passer rating an astounding 15 times during that stretch while leading San Francisco to their last super bowl win.

 

Young was a two-time NFL MVP and a first team All-Pro three straight seasons.  Young made seven pro bowls and was named the first team quarterback of the 90’s by pro football reference.

 

For his historic NFL career, young passed for 33,124 yards and 232 touchdowns while completing 64.3 percent of his passes.  Young also rushed for 4,239 yards and 43 scores.

 

For his efforts in the NFL young was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 2005.

 

Not bad for a guy who appeared to be a bust after his time In Tampa Bay.

 

 

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