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Steve Young - nate_64_9ers

Steve Young is the perfect example of "good things come to those who wait." Initially known for his reckless style and athletic prowess to scramble away from defenders, Young ended his career known as one of the most dynamic and accurate passers the game has ever seen. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005, his accomplishments will forever stand the test of time as he is a role model for patience and determination.

It all started in 1987 when Bill Walsh struck a brilliant trade with lowly Tampa Bay to bring in Young to help bolster his quarterback depth. Young was labeled an NFL "bust" and few 49ers fans embraced him. During the early years with San Francisco, Young sat the bench and watched some other guy named Joe play quarterback. He watched Montana lead the 49ers to two Super Bowl victories and further cement his legend as the greatest quarterback in NFL history. In 1993 Montana was traded to Kansas City and many 49ers fans went with him. When the torch was passed, Young inherited the wealth of having the league's most potent offense.

Comparisons and shadows were constantly cast in the Bay area. Simply put, the fans missed Joe. So regardless of Young's impressive statistical success, regardless of sustaining the 49ers as a perrenial powerhouse contender, regardless of a league MVP crown, regardless of leading the team to consecutive NFC Championship games... Young was still falling short of the expectations and standards established by his predecesor. Then finally!... finally in 1994, he lead the 49ers to a third consecutive NFC Championship appearance and NFL immortality came to fruition.

Young finally beat the Dallas Cowboys and got the 49ers to the Super Bowl. And on that stage, Young had perhaps his greatest performace ever, setting a new record for the big game by throwing six touchdown passes, breaking Montana's record of five. After that glorious 1994 season and with the franchise becoming the first to ever win five Super Bowl championships, Young continued the 49ers dominance and continued to win games. When he retired due to injury in 1999, Young walked away with the highest ever single season passer rating and a career passer rating of 96.8, the highest in NFL history. He still holds the record for most career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 43. He is the only quarterback in NFL history to have four consecutive seasons with a passer rating of over 100; he also led the league in passer rating those four years, another NFL record.

Yes, records galore. But the biggest stat of all? Steve Young was a winner.Steve Young is the perfect example of "good things come to those who wait." Initially known for his reckless style and athletic prowess to scramble away from defenders, Young ended his career known as one of the most dynamic and accurate passers the game has ever seen. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005, his accomplishments will forever stand the test of time as he is a role model for patience and determination.


 
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