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Steve Young On Jim McMahon: “I Owe Him Everything”

Nov 22, 2023, 3:34 PM

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PEBBLE BEACH, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 03: Former NFL player Steve Young looks on during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am at Spyglass Hill Golf Course on February 03, 2022 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Orlando Ramirez/Getty Images)

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Former BYU quarterbacks Steve Young and Jim McMahon shared a special moment at the Steve Young Desert Classic last week.

Young addressed McMahon and the effect he had on the beginning of his career.

“When I got to BYU, Jim (McMahon) was the quarterback,” Young said. “I learned the game from him. I owe him everything.”

That’s high praise from Young who went on to be the first overall pick in the 1984 NFL Draft.

As a Cougar, Young posted 7733 yards and 56 touchdowns. He added over 1000 yards on the ground and 18 rushing touchdowns.

“How I dropped back, how I threw,” Young said. “I didn’t know how to throw a football. Watching him, that’s how I learned how to do it in my freshman year.

Although Young’s stats in college were impressive, McMahon’s were even better.

McMahon spent an extra year at BYU and recorded 9536 yards and 84 touchdowns. With 13 more games played, McMahon had just one more interception.

“(McMahon) left me to hold the bag of his 73 NCAA records,” Young said.

One thing is for sure, Young and McMahon are two of the greatest BYU products ever and consensus top-3 quarterbacks to ever rep the blue and white.

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Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

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