Steve Young was one of the best quarterbacks the National Football League has ever seen. He played in the USFL with the Los Angeles Express to begin his professional career, and after that league closed, he joined the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 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 and starting quarterback for the early part of his Bayside career, but after Joe Montana left him to end his career in Kansas City, the 49ers were his entire team.
For most of Young’s career, he could not only beat a team with his arm, but with his legs as well. His mobility and speed helped him avoid the sack, extend a play and get the ball to the open man. He also helped him dunk the ball and run with it quite effectively. Young finished his career with 232 career touchdown passes, not a bad number, especially considering how much time he lost in the USFL and as a backup, but who was his favorite receiver throughout his career?
Without a doubt, and unsurprisingly, Steve Young’s favorite catcher 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 a whopping 85 touchdowns. No quarterback had a better receiver and having played with both Young and Joe Montana, no receiver had better quarterbacks than Rice.