When I saw that Steve Young had been picked number 13 by the fans on the NFL Network’s “Top 100,” I laughed out loud. “Steve Young is no more Number 13 than I am,” I thought. However, while the player ranked 81st on the “Top 100” isn’t 13th in my mind, when I saw his statistics I had a new respect for the current-day announcer that drives me crazy.
Steve Young was not drafted out of his college, Brigham Young. Instead he had to play in the United Football League but then was drafted first in the first round in the supplemental draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was just with the Bucs for a couple of years before being traded to the San Francisco 49ers on the hunch of Bill Walsh.
Four the first four years that Young was with the 49ers he was backup to Joe Montana and Walsh effectively used Young’s presence to put pressure on Montana to perform which he did. In 1991 replaced an injured Joe Montana and played much more after that.
In 1994 Steve Young was the MVP in Super Bowl XXIX where he threw a Super Bowl-record six touchdowns and rushed for 49 yards.
Steve Young was the only quarterback besides Sammy Baugh to win six passing titles. He passed for 33,124 yards and 232 touchdowns but owing to his versatility rushed for an additional 43 touchdowns. It has been said that being left-handed helped him against defenses.
Steve Young was inducted into the Hall of Fame just recently in 2005.
Number 80 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” is Troy is quarterback Troy Aikman. The fans picked him 25th while picking Steve Young 13th.
Troy Aikman was picked first in the first round by the Dallas Cowboys out of UCLA in 1989. He played in 165 games over 12 seasons.
Explain to me this ranking either 80 or 25. Troy Aikman is the winningest quarterback of any decade with 90 of 94 wins occurring in the 1990s. Further he led the Cowboys to three Super Bowls and he threw for 32,942 yards for 165 touchdowns.
Troy Aikman was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006. His career was cut short by injury because he endured several concussions.
That was the only way they could beat him. He now is a major announcer with Joe Buck.
He should be much further down everyone’s list.