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View Poll Results: The Best Football Player Ever
Dick Butkus 2 3.28%
Joe Montana 4 6.56%
Walter Payton 6 9.84%
Lawrence Taylor 6 9.84%
Emmit Smith 3 4.92%
Jerry Rice 7 11.48%
Joe Namath 0 0%
Tom Brady 2 3.28%
Troy Polamalu 1 1.64%
John Elway 6 9.84%
Are you kidding me? Neither one of these guys! 24 39.34%
Voters: 61. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-21-2010, 07:30 PM
 
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Jerry Rice hands down. Greatest ever.

 
Old 06-21-2010, 08:00 PM
 
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My first thought.
Well, when guys like Emmitt make it before Jim Brown, Sanders, or even OJ; you know someone has their favorites.
 
Old 06-21-2010, 09:56 PM
 
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Joe Montana, Jerry Rice. Steve Young.
 
Old 06-24-2010, 11:46 AM
 
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Joe Montana, Jerry Rice. Steve Young.

Montana and Rice, yes. Young? Top 10 QBs maybe.
 
Old 06-24-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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Montana and Rice, yes. Young? Top 10 QBs maybe.
Young put up very good stats considering he had a bad offensive line and was beat up forcing him to retire early.
 
Old 06-26-2010, 05:54 AM
 
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The 49ers generally had a good offensive line when Steve Young was their quarterback. He was also in his late 30s when he decided to call it a career.
 
Old 06-26-2010, 11:24 AM
 
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The 49ers generally had a good offensive line when Steve Young was their quarterback. He was also in his late 30s when he decided to call it a career.
He did not have a good line before he won the Super Bowl and that is why he ended up retiring early with too many hits on the head.
 
Old 06-26-2010, 03:27 PM
 
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He did not have a good line before he won the Super Bowl and that is why he ended up retiring early with too many hits on the head.
Guys who scramble to try to keep plays alive almost always take more sacks, and that has nothing to do with the quality of the offensive line in front of him. Steve Young, Randall Cunningham, Donavan McNabb, and Ben Roethlisberger all were or are quarterbacks who tried to keep plays alive, in some cases running with the ball and in other cases trying to throw passes downfield as the defense broke down, and all of those guys took more sacks than a more conventional pocket quarterback would have taken behind the same line.
 
Old 06-26-2010, 06:04 PM
 
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Guys who scramble to try to keep plays alive almost always take more sacks, and that has nothing to do with the quality of the offensive line in front of him. Steve Young, Randall Cunningham, Donavan McNabb, and Ben Roethlisberger all were or are quarterbacks who tried to keep plays alive, in some cases running with the ball and in other cases trying to throw passes downfield as the defense broke down, and all of those guys took more sacks than a more conventional pocket quarterback would have taken behind the same line.
Also Steve Young was the best scramber and was good at gaining rushing yards.

Steve Young probably had another 5 years ahead of him and would have won couple more SB's with the 49ers if it wasn't for his head injury.
 
Old 06-27-2010, 07:49 AM
 
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As I noted earlier, Steve Young was past the age of 35 when he was forced to retire after the 1999 season. Though he had a few years where he didn't play a lot sitting behind Joe Montana and Young kept himself in good shape, it's not like he was at an age when quarterbacks usually play for another 5 years, regardless how much mileage they have on their bodies.

A better example of a quarterback having his career somewhat shortened by concussions is Troy Aikman, who was forced out at (I'd guess) about age 33 after the 2000 season. Aikman, like Steve Young, usually played behind good offensive lines, but all it takes is a small number of big hits - something that pretty much happens to all quarterbacks, except maybe those who get rid of the ball quickly, like a Dan Marino or a Peyton Manning - for a quarterback to become prone to concussions and have his career shortened somewhat.
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