Steve Young is a philanthropist, football analyst and Hall of Fame quarterback from his days wearing No. 8 with the San Francisco 49ers. Young went from backing up legendary quarterback Joe Montana to...
Drafted by Tampa Bay Buccaneers in NFL supplemental draft.
Won Super Bowl XXIX and game MVP
No. 8 jersey retired by 49ers
Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame
Completed his law degree at BYU
Steve Young is a philanthropist, football analyst and Hall of Fame quarterback from his days wearing No. 8 with the San Francisco 49ers. Young went from backing up legendary quarterback Joe Montana to being league MVP in 1992 and 1994. He tossed a record six touchdowns in Super Bowl XXIX and delivered the Niners' fifth championship. Though he only started for nine seasons, Young won six passing titles with his incredible efficiency, and his 96.8 career passer rating set a record. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005, becoming the first left-handed quarterback to receive the honor. He remained busy after retirement with humanitarian causes, primarily through his Forever Young Foundation established in 1993, which is active in humanitarian efforts throughout Africa and South America. Young has also served as spokesperson for the Best Shot Foundation, dedicated to protecting children in developing countries from preventable diseases. He and his wife Barbara have also been active supporters of gay rights. Young worked as a TV and radio contributor for ESPN, and in 2009 he became an analyst for "Monday Night Football" (ABC/ESPN, 1970- ). Young fought adversity and anonymity to become one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Since retiring from the sport, Young has gained as much respect for his charity work and frank football commentary as he did with his achievements on the field. <p>Born Jon Steven Young in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 11, 1961, he fell along a storied line of Mormon heritage as the great-great-great-grandson of Brigham Young. The son of Sherry Young and LeGrande "Grit" Young, his family moved from Utah to Greenwich, Connecticut when Steve was 8 years old. Though he attended Greenwich High School and played football, basketball and baseball there, Young chose to follow in his father's footsteps by attending and playing football at Brigham Young University. Young learned the nuances of the position behind future Chicago Bears QB Jim McMahon. As a senior in 1983, Young set an NCAA record for completion percentage. He received the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and was voted runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, which ultimately went to running back Mike Rozier. Young graduated from BYU in 1984 with a degree in international relations and eventually earned his law degree in 1994 from BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School. Out of college, Young elected to play in the upstart USFL and received a contract worth $40 million to be paid over 40 years. He led the Los Angeles Express for two seasons and was one of the few stars in the fledgling league, along with Herschel Walker. The team's owner filed for bankruptcy during Young's second season; the league folded in 1986 after a failed antitrust suit against the NFL. </p><p>The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Young in the 1984 supplemental draft of USFL players and signed him the next year. He struggled during two seasons with the Bucs, and they traded him to the San Francisco 49ers in 1987. He was the backup for four seasons before getting his chance to start in 1991 when Joe Montana suffered an elbow injury. Young seized the opportunity and kept the 49ers as a force in the NFC. Known for his devastating mobility, Young amassed 43 career rushing TDs and 4,239 yards on the ground. He retired in 1999 due to numerous concussions with seven Pro Bowls and six All-Pro selections to his credit. Surprisingly, Young appeared as himself on numerous television shows during his career, such as "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000), "Wings" (NBC, 1990-97), and "Dharma & Greg" (1997-2002). He also played a caller seeking psychiatric advice on "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004), as well as a former high school quarterback in "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (ABC, 1993-97). Young later had a role in the Mormon film "The Singles Ward" (2002). </p><p> </p>
BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School
Brigham Young University
Plays golf and basketball with his right hand, throws with his left.
Became the first left-handed quarterback to be inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Footage of Young's 1988 scramble against the Minnesota Vikings was used for a Burger King commercial, with the restaurant mascot replacing the QB.
Founded the Forever Young Foundation in 1993.
Active in humanitarian causes in developing countries.
Young and his wife are vocal supporters of gay rights.