Steve Young, 1980-83: Young, from Greenwich Conn., was a consensus All-American in 1983, finished as the runner-up in Heisman Trophy balloting that season and also won the Sammy Baugh Trophy and Davey O'Brien Award that year. He led the nation in total offense, passing yards and passing efficiency, and set 13 NCAA records. In 31 games for the Cougars he threw for 7,733 yards and 56 TDs, and also rushed for 1,084 yards and 18 TDs. He was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

Young (6-foot-2) was the top pick in the United States Football League draft in 1983 by the Los Angeles Express, but landed in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two years later. He led San Francisco to the Super Bowl title in 1994, and was the NFL's MVP in 1993 and 1994. He set an NFL passing efficiency record (112.8) in 1994. In his 14 year NFL career, Young passed 33,124 yards and 232 TDs.