Commentary: Ranking the best NFL quarterbacks from Utah colleges

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5 2013 1:29 p.m. MDT

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College: BYU

Young started his pro career in the USFL before being selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the first pick of the 1984 supplemental draft.

His career in Tampa was somewhat of a disaster. Young only won three of his 19 starts and threw 10 more picks than touchdowns. Young found new life as a member of the San Francisco 49ers but only after four seasons as the backup to Joe Montana.

As the starter of San Francisco for most of eight seasons, Young was one of the best quarterbacks the NFL has ever had. He led the league in completion percentage, touchdowns and passer rating an astounding 15 times during that stretch while leading San Francisco to its last Super Bowl win.

Young was a two-time NFL MVP and a first team All-Pro three straight seasons. Young made seven Pro Bowls and was named the first-team quarterback of the 1990s by pro football reference.

For his NFL career, Young passed for 33,124 yards and 232 touchdowns while completing 64.3 percent of his passes. Young also rushed for 4,239 yards and 43 scores. Young was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 2005.

Not bad for a guy who appeared to be a bust after his time in Tampa Bay.
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Idaho Falls, ID

Wasn't BYU the only meaningful school to recruit Young out of High School?
I don't think he had any "stars" in the recruiting circles.
His success as a College and NFL player must have been just a complete fluke....

Don't Feed the Trolls
Salt Lake City, UT

Wilson #3

Syracuse, UT

@ Don't Feed the Trolls - "Wilson #3"

Why, because he played for BYU?


15,692 yards
55.5% completions
95 touchdowns
81 interceptions


14,391 yards
52.1% completions
86 touchdowns
102 interceptions

Both were good but Mitchell had a better NFL career.

Preston, ID

I like how the author conveniently left out career interceptions for Detmer but listed the career int's for all USU QB's on the list, as if to prove that they were inferior because their TD-INT ratios weren't very good.
Fun fact, Detmer also had a pour ratio, 34 TD's to 35 Int's and was also one of only 7 QBs to ever throw 7 INT"s in a single game, the NFL record happens to be 8 in one game.

Sandy, UT


Wilson has a superbowl ring... does mitchell?

also look at how the raiders were ranked and the Lions... hmm.... Wilson by five....

Sandy, UT


the name of the article is best NFL QB's.... Not college... Detmer did not throw 7 interceptions in a single game while in the NFL....

Cottonwood Heights, UT

"Wilson has a superbowl ring"


If the rankings were about who best carried NFL clipboards to get a ring, Wilson would be a shoo-in at #3.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

"Detmer did not throw 7 interceptions in a single game while in the NFL...."


Wrong again. According to NFLdotcom, on Sept. 23, 2001 Detmer started for the Lions against his old team and threw 7 picks (and 1 TD) in a 24-14 loss to the Browns.

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