Just Because: The same name as a star -- LT Steve Young

You probably know all about Steve Young -- the Hall of Fame quarterback who made seven Pro Bowl squads and had one of the best quarterback ratings of all time (and the guy who played in front of dozens of people when he battled against Jim Kelly in a mid-1980s USFL matchup).

He was a pretty good player, right?

YearTmGGSQBrecCmpAttCmp%YdsTDIntRate4QCGWD
1985 TAM 5 5 1-4-0 72 138 52.2 935 3 8 56.9 1 1
1986 TAM 14 14 2-12-0 195 363 53.7 2282 8 13 65.5    
1987 SFO 8 3 2-1-0 37 69 53.6 570 10 0 120.8    
1988 SFO 11 3 2-1-0 54 101 53.5 680 3 3 72.2 1 1
1989 SFO 10 3 3-0-0 64 92 69.6 1001 8 3 120.8 0 1
1990 SFO 6 1 0-1-0 38 62 61.3 427 2 0 92.6 1 1
1991 SFO 11 10 5-5-0 180 279 64.5 2517 17 8 101.8    
1992*+ SFO 16 16 14-2-0 268 402 66.7 3465 25 7 107.0 3 5
1993*+ SFO 16 16 10-6-0 314 462 68.0 4023 29 16 101.5    
1994*+ SFO 16 16 13-3-0 324 461 70.3 3969 35 10 112.8 1 1
1995* SFO 11 11 8-3-0 299 447 66.9 3200 20 11 92.3    
1996* SFO 12 12 9-3-0 214 316 67.7 2410 14 6 97.2 2 2
1997* SFO 15 15 12-3-0 241 356 67.7 3029 19 6 104.7 1 1
1998* SFO 15 15 11-4-0 322 517 62.3 4170 36 12 101.1 3 4
1999 SFO 3 3 2-1-0 45 84 53.6 446 3 4 60.9 1 0
Career   169 143 94-49-0 2667 4149 64.3 33124 232 107 96.8 14 17



(Chart via Pro Football Reference)

But Steve Young wasn't the only Steve Young ever to play in the NFL. In fact, the Steve Young you know wasn't even the original Steve Young (and he's not even Steve Young -- his given name is Jon Steven Young). And he definitely wasn't the tallest Steve Young.

Those monikers belong to this Steve Young, a 6-foot-8 tackle who played for the Buccaneers in 1976 and the Dolphins in 1977.

(H/t for the photo to the Xanga website that no longer exists, but apparently was run by Young’s kid)

According to Pro Football Reference, Young started 11 of 13 games for Tampa Bay at left tackle (in the year Tampa Bay went 0-14), and he played well enough for the team's season highlight video to label him as one of the franchise's "important building blocks for the future."

But he didn't start at all the next season after Miami traded a fifth-round pick to acquire him, because as Tecmo Legacy League points out, he was stuck behind Pro Bowl tackle Wayne Moore.

After that, Young disappeared from the league.

But not before he strained his entire face doing what looks like a very strenuous pull-up (via the Sarasota Herald-Tribune).



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