Former Atlanta Falcons great still the all-time leading rusher
By Nick Halden
5. Steve Young 4,239-rushing yards 43-rushing touchdowns
Steve Young played in an era where driving the quarterback into the turf or leading with your helmet wasn’t a problem but simply part of the game. Despite this Steve continued to defy father time continually keeping his team in contention and finishing his career with three rings.
It is fun to ponder what Young could accomplish in today’s league? With increasingly quarterback-friendly rules and in an offense-driven league there is an argument to be had he would be in the GOAT conversation. However, we cannot play revisionist history and Young’s legacy is set in stone as an all-time great quarterback who was a great passer and had an ability to make dynamic plays outside the pocket.
Young finished his career with a 94-49 record speaking to the consistency he brought to the San Francisco offense. Among the many interesting hypotheticals surrounding Young, it is fun to wonder what his career numbers would have been if given the chance to start sooner. After a rough second season, Young spent four years in a depth role before being given another shot at the starting job. One he would not relinquish until the final year of his career