San Francisco 49ers Had It All: Who Was the Better QB in San Fransisco?

Farris GunningCorrespondent IDecember 1, 2008

There was a time when the San Fransisco 49ers had two of the best quarterbacks of all time, but who was better?

Joe Montana

Joseph Clifford Montana Jr, nicknamed "Joe Cool" was the starting QB for the San Fransisco 49ers from 1980-1991. He was a member of the 49ers in 1979 but only threw 23 passes due to being a backup to Steve DeBerg.

In Montana's career with San Fransisco, he took the team to four Super Bowls and won every time. 

Montana had many comebacks in his career, 26 with the 49ers. Joe also amassed 35,142 yards with 244 touchdowns and only 123 interceptions in his career with the 49ers. He also had 35 games where he threw for over 300+ yards (seven 400-yard games included!) 

Joe Montana finished his career with the second-highest QB rating of 92.3 behind only his successor Steve Young. In Joe's career, his record of 117-47 is incredible.

Joe Montana finished his career with Kansas City. In his final year in th NFL he battled his once backup Steve Young and the 49ers and won 24-17. He lead his team to his final playoff game that same year.

Steve Young

Born Oct. 11, 1961, Steve Young was Joe's backup for many years with the 49ers.  Steve Young also played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a while. 

Steve Young was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1992 and 1994. He was the MVP of Super Bowl XXIX, as well. Steve Young was introduced into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2005. Steve Young was the first left-handed QB to do so.

Steve Young went to BYU for college where his senior year he produced 3,902 yards and 33 touchdowns, with a 71.3 percent completion percentage.

With Steve's first team (Buccaneers) he wasn't so successful, throwing 11 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in 19 games, going 3-16 as a starter.  When Steve went to the 49ers, he was Joe Montana's back up where he threw for 23 touchdowns and six interceptions in four seasons.

Steve Young took over the helm of starter for the 49ers in 1991. In his 15-year career, Steve Young amassed 33,124 yards, 232 touchdowns, and only 107 interceptions. He also managed 4,239 rushing yards, 2nd behind only Randall Cunningham.  Steve Young also finished his career with the highest QB rating in history with 96.8.

So now the question is: Who was the Best 49ers QB of all time? You make the call!


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