sam's notes

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Monday, August 08, 2005

Skip Bayless questions Steve Young's first-ballot entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame:

"Objective 49ers fans won't forget the Cowboys beat Young's 49ers in the NFC Championship Games at Candlestick Park following the '92 season and at Texas Stadium the next January. He did not look like a first-ballot immortal in either of those games."

About Young's Super Bowl win, Bayless writes:

"...the 49ers faced yet another AFC team that did not belong on the same Super Bowl field with them — San Diego. Young again was masterful, throwing a Super Bowl record six TD passes in a 49-26 blowout. But that performance against that lousy team elevated him onto the same Hall podium with Marino?"

I'll take Bayless one step further — I question whether or not Young belongs in the Hall of Fame at all. Don't get me wrong — Young was an exciting quarterback to watch. But does two MVPs, the highest passer rating of all time and one Super Bowl win merit entry into the Hall of Fame?

The NFL has had many exciting quarterbacks pass through the league — Roman Gabriel, Ken Stabler, Joe Theisman and Jim Plunkett come to mind — who are not in the Hall of Fame. I'd say Young ranks more in line with them than Dan Marino.


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