Ranking the best quarterbacks in NFL history #9. Steve Young

9. Steve Young: Young was selected with the first overall pick in the 1984 Supplemental draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent his first two seasons in pro football playing for the Los Angeles Express of the now defunct USFL before joining the Bucs during the ’85 season. Young played 169 games (143 starts) over 15 seasons with Buccaneers and the San Francisco 49ers. Young found almost no success on the field in Tampa Bay with a 3-16 record over the course of two seasons before being moved to the 49ers. He spent his first four seasons as the backup to Joe Montana before he get the chance to be a full-time starter at age 30.

That is when Young showed that he was one of the elite quarterbacks in a generation full of great ones. From 1992-’98, Young made the Pro Bowl seven consecutive times, earned First-Team All-Pro honors three times, secured two NFL MVP awards, led the league in passer rating five times and in passing touchdowns another four. His most impressive seasons came in ’92, ’93, ’94 and ’98. In ’92, Young completed a league leading 66.7 percent of his passes for 3,465 yards and 25 touchdowns for the 14-2 49ers. Young also added 537 yards and four scores on 76 carries on the ground to win his first MVP. A year later, Young led the league in touchdown passes (29) and passer rating (101.5) while completing 68 percent of his passes for 4,023 yards. He also racked up 407 yards and two scores on the ground to earn First-Team All-Pro honors for the second straight season. The following season may have been his best as Young led the 49ers to a 13-3 record during the regular season and a Super Bowl victory. That year, Young led the league in completion percentage (a career-high 70.3), passer rating (112.8) and touchdowns (35) while throwing for 3,969 yards. Young also rushed for 293 yards and added another seven scores on the ground. The awards were plentiful in ’94 as Young took home First-Team All-Pro honors to go along with his second regular season MVP and the MVP of the Super Bowl. In ’98, he led the league in touchdown passes (a career-high 36) for the fourth time while completing 62.3 percent of hid throws for 4,170 yards. He also rushed for 454 yards and six more scores.

For his career, Young completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 33,124 yards and 232 touchdowns to go along with 4,239 yards and 43 touchdowns on 722 carries on the ground. Young was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005 for his remarkable eight-year stretch.

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