If you’re an NFL fan, then you probably know the name Steve Young. In fact, if you’re an NFL fan who was around in the 1990s, there’s no way you can’t know Steve Young — his quarterbacking skills were just that good. He had the kind of reputation that warranted the nickname Stevie Franchise, which fans gave him because he was so integral to his team’s success and how far it could go during any given season.
About Steve Young – Bio
Before he was one of the top NFL quarterbacks ever, Young was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Despite coming from a large family that could barely afford food at times, Young set his sights on Stanford University to play football. He quickly established himself as a standout athlete at his new school and earned an invitation to join Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. Upon graduation, however, he discovered that most teams were unwilling to risk using their first-round draft pick on him—Young was a devout Mormon with three children and a struggling marriage who preferred staying at home on Sundays rather than going out drinking with his teammates after games like some quarterbacks did.
Steve played his college football at Brigham Young University, where he broke many of the school’s passing records and won a national championship in 1984. He entered into professional football in 1985 with NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then later joined San Francisco 49ers before retiring in 1999. In all, Steve made four trips to Super Bowl (winning twice) and earned three Pro Bowl nominations as well as a First-Team All-Pro selection for two years. He was inducted into Hall of Fame in 2005. Awards & Accomplishments:
Following is a list of some awards and accomplishments that Steve achieved during his playing career: ·
- 2× Super Bowl Champion
- 3× Pro Bowl Selection
- 1× First-team All-Pro Selection
- Led NFL in Passing Yardage: 1991, 1992
- Set Record for Most Touchdown Passes by Rookie QB (26): 1986
- Set Record for Most Touchdown Passes by QB over 40 Years Old (4): 1997
Post Football Career
Young was named to three Pro Bowl teams after his career ended, including two more in 1997 and 1998. He also joined with former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. to form an ownership group that purchased a controlling interest in the team. In 2000, he became vice president of football operations for the team. He then left that position in 2005, but he continued to be a spokesperson for Nike and worked as a radio color commentator for Monday Night Football. In 2006, Young was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with Barry Sanders and fellow former quarterback Kurt Warner. In 2009, he returned to coaching as offensive coordinator at Brigham Young University for one season before accepting an analyst job at ESPN in 2010.
Steve Young – Personal Life and Honors
Steve Young was born in Greenwich, Connecticut on November 18, 1961. His father’s name is Lenny and his mother is named Barbara. Steve attended Greenwich High School and was a star athlete in both football and baseball, earning himself All-State honors. After high school, he decided to attend Brigham Young University (BYU). While attending BYU, he played football for four years under head coach LaVell Edwards where he racked up an impressive 27-7 record as a starter. In 1984, BYU won their only National Championship while Steve was there. Following his time at BYU, Steve declared himself eligible for the NFL draft.
At BYU, Steve served as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was known for his leadership skills. He was a two-time All-American (1984 and 1985) who helped lead BYU to an overall record of 30–11 during his college career. After graduating in 1986, he began his professional football career with several short stints on different teams. In 1987, Steve played in just one game with Tampa Bay before being traded to San Francisco later that year.