Tale of the Tape
Steve Young was a good running QB from high school that decided to go to BYU and at first struggled at throwing the ball but through hard work broke even Jim mcMahon's records. In his senior year, Young passed for 3,902 yards with 33 TDs, rushed for 544 yards. BYU finished 11-1, Young won the Davey O'Brien NQB Award, and came in 2nd in the Heisman race.
*USFL: Los Angeles Express
Highlight - in one game Young passed for 300 yards and ran for 100 yards.
NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs under Young as a starter was 3-16. In 19 games he threw for 11 TDs and 21 INTs, completing only 55% of his passes. Young was deemed a bust and was traded to the San Francisco 49ers.
NFL: San Francisco 49ers
The great Bill Walsh aquired Young via a trade because he saw Young's physical attributes/pontential to run his West Coast offense. Young is considered one of the best NFL QBs of all time, deservedly so. His accolades are way to many to mention.
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Timothy Richard Tebow
Tim Tebow was also known early in his career as a running QB, a very successful one that lead to his recruitment from Florida under the watch of Urban Meyer. Meyer's offensive system is an offshoot of Walh's West Coast offense, the use of the short passing plays. Meyer uses the shoot gun formation and spreads the WRs and sometimes incorporates motion in the backfield for an option to run.
Tebow was able to manage Meyer's offense into 2 National Championships, a Heisman and other QB awards. Like Steve Young, Tebow didn't throw the prettiest ball, but he got the ball where it should be. Tebow's career stats in Florida reads like this: 9,286 yards passing, 88 TDs, 15 INTs. He also had 2,947 yards rushing and 57 of them went for TDs.
NFL: Denver Broncos
Tebow was drafted by the Broncos by then Head Coach Josh McDaniels, for his toughness, character, smarts, and passion for football. In the limited time that we have seen Tebow play in the NFL he has produced an 8-4 record, thrown for 2,138 yards, 16 TDs with 5 INTs and also rushed for 837 yards resulting in 11 TDs. Not bad stats for a player that hasn't started 16 games yet.
Now it's to early to tell, but there are some physical similarities and character traits. Both have strong religious up bringings. Tebow has his Christianity and Young is a great-great-grandson of Bringham Young. They both are physically gifted at running and throwing the ball and have the intelligence to grasp and succeed with the right offense and talent around them. Maybe in time, Denver will be able to surround Tebow with a Jerry Rice, John Taylor, Brent Jones, Ricky Watters and defense that has similar skills like Bryant Young, Dana Stubblefield, Ronnie Lott & Deion Sanders. In only his first 2 seasons as a pro, I find Tebow Time worth watching and at times rooting for....