Steve Young was one of the better quarterbacks the National Football League has ever seen. He played in the USFL with the Los Angeles Express to start his pro career, and after that league folded he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL. After just two seasons in Tampa, Young was traded to the San Francisco 49ers and the rest as they say is history. He was a backup quarterback and a spot starter for the first bit of his career by the bay, but after Joe Montana left to finish his career in Kansas City, the 49ers were all his team.
For the bulk of Young’s career he could not only beat a team with his arm, but also with his legs too. His mobility and speed helped him to avoid the sack, extend a play, and get the ball to the open man. It also helped him tuck the ball down and run with it fairly effectively too. Young finished his career with 232 career touchdown passes, not a bad number especially when you consider how much time he lost in the USFL and as a backup, but who was his favorite receiver throughout his career?
Undoubtedly, and expectedly, Steve Young’s favorite receiver was the great Jerry Rice. Rice caught more career touchdown passes from Steve Young than any other player. During their time together they teamed up for an amazing 85 touchdowns. No quarterback had a better receiver and having played with both Young and Joe Montana, no receiver ever had better quarterbacks than Rice.