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Is Steve Young one of the best NFL quarterbacks of all time?

San Francisco 49ers quartertback Steve Young reaches back to throw a pass to receiver John Taylor.
San Francisco 49ers quartertback Steve Young (8) reaches back to throw a pass to receiver John Taylor during a game with the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 19, 1993, in Pontiac, Mich. Young was recently named by Pro Football Network as one of the 10 best quarterbacks in NFL history.
Bill Waugh, Associated Press

With the calendar being in football no man’s land right now, Pro Football Network earlier this week published the results of a project in which it attempted to rank the 10 best quarterbacks in NFL history.

Appearing on the list at No. 7 was former BYU signal-caller Steve Young, who turned into a Hall of Famer with the San Francisco 49ers.

PFN used the following criteria to rank quarterbacks:

  • Super Bowl appearances
  • Overall resume
  • Surrounding talent and situation
  • Physical talent and ability as a passer
  • At least a 100-game career sample size
  • All played a majority of their careers in the Super Bowl era (since 1966)

PFN argues that Young makes the list because “despite retiring well before the modern NFL quarterback, he was in the mold of such an athlete.” It was noted that Young’s career wasn’t as long as some others, but that over the course of eight seasons in which he started at least 10 games, he was great.

Young’s resume:

  • Led the NFL in completion percentage, passer rating and yards per attempt five times.
  • Led the league in touchdowns four times.
  • Won two league MVPs and was voted an All-Pro three times.

Tom Brady topped the list. Here is PFN’s entire top 10:

  1. Tom Brady
  2. Aaron Rodgers
  3. Peyton Manning
  4. Joe Montana
  5. Dan Marino
  6. Drew Brees
  7. Steve Young
  8. Roger Staubach
  9. Brett Favre
  10. Warren Moon