Steve Young on Calvin Johnson, Jerry Rice

December, 20, 2012
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Steve Young was the San Francisco 49ers' primary quarterback in 1995 when Jerry Rice set the NFL record for receiving yards in a season. As Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson approaches the record -- he is 182 yards away from breaking it -- Young said the two receivers have an important similarity.

Like Rice, Young said in the video, Johnson "does things despite the whole building, 80,000 people and the defense and the coaches, knowing I have to get it to Calvin Johnson, and he still does it. That's exactly like Jerry Rice. Everyone knew Jerry Rice was going to get the football, and he still got it. There are very few people that can handle that kind of attention, that kind of focus from defenses, particularly week after week after week, and still find ways to get the football."

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