Best NFL quarterback runs ever? Steve Young owns 1st, 4th

FILE—San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young runs from Kansas City Chiefs defensive pressure during the third quarter, Sept. 11, 1994, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/John Sleezer, file)

JOHN SLEEZER, Associated Press

Don’t sleep on Steve Young.

That was the mantra of defenses back in the day. Recently, Young was highlighted in a piece produced by the NFL in NFL Films Top 100 quarterback runs of all time.

Young had the No. 1 and No. 4-ranked runs in that opinionated ranking.

Young played in an era when QBs didn’t run that often. They were kind of lumbering, slow, big-armed, tall, powerful and athletic men. But they were not cheetahs.

Young brought in an era of QBs becoming a real threat with their legs, leading into athletes with a lot of fast-twitch muscle fiber like Michael Vick and even Patrick Mahomes.

It was a factor in the New York Jets drafting Zach Wilson No. 2 in the 2020 draft. It is why Taysom Hill has stuck in the NFL so long and has Saints fans wishing he’d stay at QB as a backup instead of tight end this coming season.

Young’s 49-yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings Oct. 30, 1988, beat out the No. 2 run, a 46-yard touchdown scamper by Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, against Minnesota.

Young’s run was more mechanical artistry — a winding, cutback, angle-creating run through more would-be defenders.

Vick’s run was a dropback run that turned into an explosive sprint that one commentator said was done with “almost inhuman speed.”

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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