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#81: Steve Young | The Top 100: NFL
#81: Steve Young | The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players (2010) | NFL Films
Published: 2016/05/23
Channel: NFL Films
Steve Young Reflects on Relationship & QB Controversy with Montana | A Football Life | NFL
Steve Young Reflects on Relationship & QB Controversy with Montana | A Football Life | NFL
Published: 2016/10/08
Channel: NFL
#10 Steve Young | NFL Films | Top 10 Quarterbacks of All Time
#10 Steve Young | NFL Films | Top 10 Quarterbacks of All Time
Published: 2017/02/09
Channel: NFL Films
GRIT THE TRUE STORY OF STEVE YOUNG
GRIT THE TRUE STORY OF STEVE YOUNG
Published: 2015/05/13
Channel: Katherine Thornburgh
Steve Young: The Best Left-Handed QB | Career Highlights Feature | NFL
Steve Young: The Best Left-Handed QB | Career Highlights Feature | NFL
Published: 2016/10/11
Channel: NFL
Steve Young - Alabama Highway
Steve Young - Alabama Highway
Published: 2008/02/18
Channel: lapislazuli42
Jerry Rice and Steve Young visit San Francisco 49ers training camp
Jerry Rice and Steve Young visit San Francisco 49ers training camp
Published: 2017/08/14
Channel: MercuryNews
#9 Steve Young | NFL Films | Top 10 Clutch Quarterbacks of All Time
#9 Steve Young | NFL Films | Top 10 Clutch Quarterbacks of All Time
Published: 2017/01/20
Channel: NFL Films
Steve Young - Forever Young (pt. 1)
Steve Young - Forever Young (pt. 1)
Published: 2017/01/24
Channel: Jsn Walker
Steve Young vs Jim Kelly Shootout | Bills vs. 49ers Week 2, 1992 | NFL Full Game
Steve Young vs Jim Kelly Shootout | Bills vs. 49ers Week 2, 1992 | NFL Full Game
Published: 2016/09/16
Channel: NFL
Steve young highlights
Steve young highlights
Published: 2016/04/21
Channel: Football player Highlights
Steve Young: A Football Life | OFFICIAL Trailer | NFL Films
Steve Young: A Football Life | OFFICIAL Trailer | NFL Films
Published: 2016/09/30
Channel: NFL Films
#1: Steve Young Gives 49ers their 5th Title I Top 50 Super Bowl Performances
#1: Steve Young Gives 49ers their 5th Title I Top 50 Super Bowl Performances
Published: 2016/02/08
Channel: NFL
Steve Young admits the Falcons choked in epic collapse!
Steve Young admits the Falcons choked in epic collapse!
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: KJRawX
LATE SHOW with David Letterman May 6, 1996 Tom Hanks Steve Young Robin Williams (FULL SHOW)
LATE SHOW with David Letterman May 6, 1996 Tom Hanks Steve Young Robin Williams (FULL SHOW)
Published: 2016/05/12
Channel: Daniel Poitras
Steve Young
Steve Young's victory over anxiety
Published: 2017/02/05
Channel: Super Sport
Steve Young to T.O.  - The Catch ll
Steve Young to T.O. - The Catch ll
Published: 2011/01/03
Channel: 49erLegends
Steve Young
Steve Young's famous 49-yard game-winning touchdown vs. Vikings | October 30, 1988
Published: 2013/06/24
Channel: official49ers
The End of Steve Young
The End of Steve Young's Career
Published: 2015/04/19
Channel: Barry Bowe
Steve Young: "Seven Bridges Road", Full Album (1972)
Steve Young: "Seven Bridges Road", Full Album (1972)
Published: 2016/10/10
Channel: TheRight SmarkBuster
Steve Young - Seven Bridges Road (1969 version)
Steve Young - Seven Bridges Road (1969 version)
Published: 2011/11/01
Channel: Alan Peschke
Bill Walsh: A Football Life - Montana vs. Young A QB Controversy
Bill Walsh: A Football Life - Montana vs. Young A QB Controversy
Published: 2015/03/10
Channel: NFL Network
Steve Young Gratifying Hall of Fame Speech | NFL Network
Steve Young Gratifying Hall of Fame Speech | NFL Network
Published: 2016/08/05
Channel: NFL Network
Steve Young on The Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview) 10/10/16
Steve Young on The Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview) 10/10/16
Published: 2016/10/10
Channel: Dan Patrick Show
Steve Young - Montgomery in the Rain
Steve Young - Montgomery in the Rain
Published: 2016/01/22
Channel: Welcome To The West
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N 'if' L: What if Steve Young had been traded to the Chiefs instead of Joe Montana? | NFL
Published: 2016/07/24
Channel: NFL
Ronnie Lott compares and contrasts Steve Young and Joe Montana
Ronnie Lott compares and contrasts Steve Young and Joe Montana
Published: 2016/01/20
Channel: KNBR
Steve Young - No Place To Fall (1978)
Steve Young - No Place To Fall (1978)
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: Pedro Nóbrega
BOSS STEVE YOUNG! MAN HE CAN RUN | MADDEN 16 ULTIMATE TEAM GAMEPLAY | EPISODE 120
BOSS STEVE YOUNG! MAN HE CAN RUN | MADDEN 16 ULTIMATE TEAM GAMEPLAY | EPISODE 120
Published: 2016/06/27
Channel: ToKe
Steve Young - Rock Salt & Nails
Steve Young - Rock Salt & Nails
Published: 2014/04/08
Channel: Welcome To The West
Mike Reiss, Steve Young and Adam Schefter On Tom Brady Turns 40 Today (18th Season) | NFL Live
Mike Reiss, Steve Young and Adam Schefter On Tom Brady Turns 40 Today (18th Season) | NFL Live
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: NFL Live
Steve Young   Drift Away
Steve Young Drift Away
Published: 2013/07/28
Channel: katson6
Steve Young & the 49ers win it all!
Steve Young & the 49ers win it all!
Published: 2015/03/29
Channel: Scott Morrison
#3: Montana vs. Young | Top 10 Joe Montana Games of All Time | NFL Films
#3: Montana vs. Young | Top 10 Joe Montana Games of All Time | NFL Films
Published: 2016/06/11
Channel: NFL Films
Steve Young - Montgomery In The Rain
Steve Young - Montgomery In The Rain
Published: 2010/08/05
Channel: Nitroxide
Can I Recreate Steve Young
Can I Recreate Steve Young's Game Winning 49yd TD Run vs the Vikings!? Funny Madden 16 Gameplay
Published: 2016/05/29
Channel: Clutch
PTI Steve Young on BYU and Taysom Hill
PTI Steve Young on BYU and Taysom Hill
Published: 2014/09/10
Channel: stkelly324
Steve Young on Regis & Kathie Lee show, 1995
Steve Young on Regis & Kathie Lee show, 1995
Published: 2010/01/24
Channel: LPXI
Customer Testimonial - Steve Young (CubCrafters)
Customer Testimonial - Steve Young (CubCrafters)
Published: 2015/07/08
Channel: CubCrafters
Steve Young  ~~Look Homeward Angel~~.wmv
Steve Young ~~Look Homeward Angel~~.wmv
Published: 2012/04/23
Channel: Marianne Menon
Steve Young Speaks at the Annual Conference of Affirmation: LGBT Mormons, Families and Friends
Steve Young Speaks at the Annual Conference of Affirmation: LGBT Mormons, Families and Friends
Published: 2013/09/15
Channel: AffirmationLDS
Steve Young Touchdown Run vs Rams
Steve Young Touchdown Run vs Rams
Published: 2012/10/29
Channel: Tim Bennett
Steve Young ~~ Behold The Stars~~.wmv
Steve Young ~~ Behold The Stars~~.wmv
Published: 2012/04/24
Channel: Marianne Menon
2016 Super Bowl: Jerry Rice and Steve Young insist that the big game is in San Francisco
2016 Super Bowl: Jerry Rice and Steve Young insist that the big game is in San Francisco
Published: 2016/02/06
Channel: SB Nation
Gridiron Fights - Steve Young vs Troy Aikman (Full Debate)
Gridiron Fights - Steve Young vs Troy Aikman (Full Debate)
Published: 2017/04/26
Channel: SayWhatchaLike
Steve Young : Live In Lebanon, TN (2007)
Steve Young : Live In Lebanon, TN (2007)
Published: 2010/08/13
Channel: paganmaestro
Steve Young | Trembling Heart (Promo Video)
Steve Young | Trembling Heart (Promo Video)
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: Steve Young
Steve Young on Taysom Hill
Steve Young on Taysom Hill
Published: 2014/06/27
Channel: BYUtv Sports
Steve Young - Forever Young (pt. 4)
Steve Young - Forever Young (pt. 4)
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: Jsn Walker
Steven Young Sürücü Destek Sistemleri
Steven Young Sürücü Destek Sistemleri
Published: 2015/05/15
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Steve Young
refer to caption
Young at ESPN's broadcast set
for the 2009 NFL Draft
No. 8
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-10-11) October 11, 1961 (age 55)
Place of birth: Salt Lake City, Utah
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school: Greenwich (CT)
College: Brigham Young
Supplemental draft: 1984 / Round: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TDINT: 232–107
Passing yards: 33,124
Completion percentage: 64.3
Passer rating: 96.8
Rushing yards: 4,239
Rushing touchdowns: 43
Player stats at NFL.com

Jon Steven "Steve" Young (born October 11, 1961) is a former professional American football quarterback who played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and is best known for his 13 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He also briefly played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League (USFL). Young played college football for Brigham Young University.

Young was named the AP's NFL Most Valuable Player in 1992 and 1994, and was the MVP of Super Bowl XXIX. During his 1994 MVP campaign, he set a new NFL record for passer rating at 112.8.[1] He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Throughout his NFL career, Young proved to be a very efficient passer—having led the league in passer rating a record six times, and led the league in completion percentage and yards per attempt five times.[2] At the time of his retirement, he had the highest passer rating among NFL quarterbacks with at least 1,500 passing attempts (96.8). As of the end of the 2016 season, he is ranked fifth all-time in passer rating, and is ranked second highest amongst retired players, behind only Tony Romo.[3] His 43 career rushing touchdowns are second among quarterbacks, while his 4,239 rushing yards ranks third all time.[4]

Early years[edit]

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Young attended Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut. He earned 1978 All-FCIAC West Division First Team honors in his junior year, his first year starting at quarterback for the Cardinals, under head coach Mike Ornato. In 1979, he once again earned All-FCIAC West Division First Team honors, along with CIAC All-State honors, rushing for 13 touchdowns. In two seasons, he ran the ball 267 times for 1,928 yards. In the option offense run by Greenwich, passing was always the second option; he completed only 41 percent of his throws for 1,220 yards. On Thanksgiving Day in November 1979, Steve was Quarterback for Greenwich High School starting in the F.C.I.A.C (Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference) Championship Game. In that FCIAC game, Greenwich High lost to Darien High School, known for its "Tidal Wave Defense" by the score of 17-0. During his senior year, he was co-captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams. In basketball, he averaged 15 points a game. In baseball, he hit .384 and played center field when he wasn't pitching. He was 5-1 and threw a 3-0 no-hitter against New Canaan High School.

College career[edit]

Because Young was such a great runner, he was heavily recruited by the University of North Carolina, who wanted him to play quarterback in the option offense they were using at the time. However, Young ultimately decided to attend BYU. Initially, he struggled at throwing the ball, and BYU's coaching staff considered switching him to defensive back because of his athleticism. However, he worked hard to improve his passing skills and eventually succeeded record-setting Jim McMahon as BYU's starting QB. Young's senior season (1983) was spectacular. He passed for 3,902 yards and 33 touchdowns in the regular season, and his 71.3% completion percentage set an NCAA single-season record. He also added 544 yards rushing. With Young at quarterback, BYU set an NCAA record by averaging 584.2 yards of total offense per game, with 370.5 of those yards coming from Young's passing and rushing. The Cougars finished the year with an impressive 11–1 record; Young was named First Team All-American by several news organizations and received the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, which recognizes the nation's best collegiate quarterback each year. He also finished second in voting for the Heisman Trophy, behind Nebraska running back Mike Rozier. Young capped his college career by scoring the game-winning touchdown (he caught a halfback pass) in BYU's 21–17 victory over Missouri in the 1983 Holiday Bowl.

Young finished his college career with 592 pass completions for 7,733 yards and 56 touchdowns, along with 1,048 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground. He was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

Professional career[edit]

USFL career[edit]

In 1984, Young signed a record 10-year, $40 million contract with the USFL's Los Angeles Express. He agreed to take his payment in the form of an annuity to help the fledgling team; he would receive $40 million paid out over 40 years. It was reported that he would still be paid until 2027 because he insured the contract.[5] However, in a 1985 article the Los Angeles Times stated that he received a $1.4 million settlement on the annuity.[6]

At the time, it was another huge signing by the fledgling league, who had also succeeded in signing then-current Heisman Trophy winner, Mike Rozier of Nebraska, as well as the previous winner, Georgia running back Herschel Walker. Despite being surrounded with some talent, such as future NFL players Jojo Townsell, Mel Gray, and Kevin Nelson, and making the playoffs in Young's first season, the Express was never able to create a sustaining fan base in Los Angeles. Young missed the first six games of his rookie season because he took some college classes so he could graduate on time. However, he started the final 12 games and had a decent year. His most notable accomplishment was becoming the first pro football player ever to pass for 300 yards and rush for another 100 in a single game.

In his second season with the Express, owner William Oldenburg went bankrupt, and was forced to turn the team over to the league after being unable to find a buyer. The 1985 season rapidly became a fiasco. Before one game, the team bus driver refused to drive the Express to the Coliseum after his paycheck bounced. Young contributed a lot of money, as did some of his teammates, and the driver got them to their game. Young then lined up in the tailback position and took snaps from the shotgun formation because the Express were left with no healthy running backs.

The league ceased operations in 1986 after losing most of its claims in an antitrust suit against the NFL.

Move to the NFL[edit]

Young signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1985 after being the first player selected in the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft of USFL and CFL Players. However, the Buccaneers posted 2–14 records in each of Young's two seasons with them, and Young's record as starter was 3–16. In his 19 games, he threw for only 11 touchdowns with 21 interceptions while completing fewer than 55% of his passes. Although his time in Tampa Bay was miserable, San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh was impressed by Young's natural abilities and felt that his problems were due to the struggling Bucs organization.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Trade to the 49ers[edit]

The Buccaneers selected University of Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde first overall in the 1987 NFL Draft because Young was deemed a bust. Young was traded to the San Francisco 49ers on April 24, 1987 to serve as a backup to Joe Montana. The Buccaneers received second and fourth round draft picks in the trade, which they used to draft Miami linebacker Winston Moss, and Arizona State wide receiver Bruce Hill, respectively.

Montana's backup: 1987–1990[edit]

Young played behind Montana his first several years, but shone as a backup. Substituting for an injured Montana, early in the first quarter of a 1987 game against the Chicago Bears, he threw four touchdown passes in a 41–0 victory. In their 1987 divisional playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings, he replaced Montana in the second half after the team fell behind 27-10. The 49ers still lost the game, but Young had a fairly good performance with 12/17 completions for 158 yards and a touchdown, with one interception, while also leading San Francisco in rushing with 72 yards and a touchdown on six carries. On October 30, 1988, Young ran through the Minnesota Vikings for a 49-yard, game-winning touchdown run. He started the game out with a 73-yard touchdown pass to John Taylor, after Montana went down with an injury. The play earned the 49ers a 24–21 victory and a bit of revenge on the Vikings for their previous season's playoff loss.

In 1989, he displayed his potential to become the team's starter in the future. While Montana won the NFL MVP award and led the team to victory in Super Bowl XXIV, Young still had a good season, completing 69% of his passes for 1,001 yards and eight touchdowns, with only three interceptions. On October 22, 1989, he posted a perfect passer rating of 158.3 when he completed 11 of 12 passes for 188 yards and three touchdown passes in a 37–20 victory over the New England Patriots. In his four seasons as a backup, Young had thrown 23 touchdown passes and only six interceptions.

He rushed for a career-high 102 yards on just eight carries vs. the New Orleans Saints on December 23, 1990, making him only the second 49ers quarterback to rush for at least 100 yards in a single game. The 49ers lost the game 13-10.[7]

1991 season[edit]

Following an injury to Montana's elbow in the 1990 NFC Championship Game, which forced him to miss the entire 1991 season, Young got his chance to lead the 49ers. It was a rough start for Young. Midway through the season, the 49ers found themselves struggling with a 4–4 record. In the ninth game of the season, after throwing a franchise record 97-yard touchdown pass to Taylor, Young suffered a knee injury and was replaced by backup quarterback Steve Bono. After a loss in that game and the next, Bono led the 49ers to five consecutive victories, playing so well that coach George Seifert decided to keep him in the starting lineup after Young had recovered. It wasn't until late in the 15th game of the season, after Bono went down with an injury of his own, that Young got to play again. Young then closed out the season by throwing for 338 yards and three touchdowns and also rushing for 63 yards and another touchdown in a 52–14 win over the Chicago Bears in a Monday Night Football game at Candlestick Park.

Young finished the season with an NFL best 101.8 passer rating. Despite missing five full games and most of a sixth, he still threw for 2,517 yards and 17 touchdowns with only 8 interceptions. But despite Young's strong season, the season for the team was widely regarded as a disappointment. The 49ers had slipped from a 14–2 record in the previous season to a 10–6 record in 1991. While 10 wins is usually enough to make the playoffs, this time it was not, and San Francisco ended up not playing in the postseason for the first time since 1982. It was thought by many that Young's days as the 49ers starter were numbered due to the impending return of Montana from the injury to his right elbow, and some observers said the 49ers should trade Young and keep Montana and Bono. However, the trade never happened.

1992 season: first MVP season[edit]

Young's 1992 MVP season jersey shown at Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH

By the start of the 1992 season, it appeared that Young's starting job was in serious peril. In addition to having to compete with Bono, Montana appeared to be close to recovering from his elbow tendon surgery. San Francisco came close to trading Young to the Los Angeles Raiders, but no deal was finalized and it turned out that Montana would not recover in time to start in the opening game. Montana would not return until the final game of the 1992 season, a Monday Night home game against the Detroit Lions. Montana played the entire second half and guided the 49ers to victory.

Young ended up as San Francisco's starting quarterback, but once again got off to a rough start. On the fifth play of the opening game at the Giants, he suffered a concussion and was replaced by Bono, who threw two touchdown passes while leading the 49ers to a 31–14 win. The following week, San Francisco lost 34–31 to the Buffalo Bills, despite a career-high 449 passing yards and three touchdowns from Young, in a game that for the first time in NFL history there were zero punts from either team.

Young recovered and led the 49ers on a five-game winning streak, capped off by a 56-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons in which Young passed for 399 yards and three touchdowns. After missing most of the next game (a 24-14 loss to the Cardinals) with the flu, he led San Francisco to victory in all of their remaining games of the season, giving the team a 14–2 record. He went on to throw for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns, and rush for 73 yards, in a 20–13 divisional playoff win over the Washington Redskins. The 49ers lost the NFC title game, however, 30–20 against the eventual Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys. Young threw for 313 yards, completing 71.4% of his passes while passing for one touchdown and rushing for another. He also threw two interceptions, but the final one came with the outcome of the game already decided.

Young finished the season with 3,465 passing yards and 537 rushing yards, along with an NFL best 25 touchdown passes and 107.0 passer rating, earning him the NFL Most Valuable Player Award and his first selection to the Pro Bowl. He was the first quarterback ever to record a triple digit rating in consecutive seasons. Many credit Young's turnaround to the mentoring of the 49ers' new Offensive Coordinator Mike Shanahan, who worked with Young on combining his running skill with on-the-move passing decisions.

1993 season[edit]

Before the start of the 1993 season, team owner Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. announced that he wanted Montana to resume his role as starting quarterback for the 49ers. However, a rift in the locker room had developed, with players split on whom they wanted at quarterback. In the spring of 1993, at Montana's request, San Francisco traded Montana to the Kansas City Chiefs. Young was now the 49ers' undisputed starter, and would remain so for the rest of his career. But once again, he had a rough start to the season. Over the first four games of 1993, Young, who was hindered by a swollen thumb on his throwing hand, threw eight interceptions, more than he had thrown during the entire 1992 season. But after his thumb healed, Young went on an incredible streak over a span of seven games, throwing 16 touchdown passes with only 2 interceptions and a 122.2 passer rating. By the end of the year, Young set franchise records for most passing yards (4,023), and consecutive passes thrown without an interception (189), (later eclipsed by Alex Smith in 2012) while leading the NFL in touchdown passes (29) and passer rating (101.5). The team slipped to a 10–6 record, but advanced to the NFC championship game again by blowing out the New York Giants 44–3 in the divisional round. However, once again they were defeated by the Dallas Cowboys, this time 38–21.

1994 season: second MVP season and Super Bowl run[edit]

After several key free agent signings including All-Pro cornerback Deion Sanders and NFL Draft selections, the 49ers looked to win their first Super Bowl since 1989. They started fast, beating the Los Angeles Raiders 44–14 on the strength of four touchdown passes from Young, one of four games during the regular season in which he had at least four. After a loss in a much anticipated game to Joe Montana and the Kansas City Chiefs, the 49ers won their next two games before losing to the Philadelphia Eagles 40–8 at Candlestick Park, a game in which Young was eventually benched in the middle of an offensive series. Although head coach George Seifert later said he only pulled Young because he was getting manhandled by the Eagles' defense, Young had had enough of being scapegoated for 49er shortfalls and loudly (and visibly) lambasted Seifert over his decision.

"Is this great or what? I mean, I haven't thrown six touchdown passes in a game in my life. Then I throw six in the Super Bowl! Unbelievable."
Steve Young[8]

But the game was considered a turning point in the season; from there, Young led the team to 10 consecutive wins, by an average of 20 points, before losing the meaningless finale against the Vikings in which Young completed his first 12 of 13 attempts before going to the sidelines. They finished an NFL best 13–3, securing home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The 49ers had the number one offense in the NFL, and were so dominant that Seifert often took Young out of games early if he felt that the 49ers had an insurmountable lead at the time.

After an easy 44-15 victory over the Chicago Bears in the divisional round of the playoffs, the 49ers jumped out to a 31-14 halftime lead over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game, holding on to win 38-28. Young threw for two touchdowns, while adding 47 yards and another touchdown on the ground. As a result, he would head to his first Super Bowl as a starting quarterback. The 49ers were heavy favorites to become the first team with five Super Bowl victories.

On the strength of a six touchdown performance that surpassed the previous Super Bowl record of five, owned by the man Young replaced, Joe Montana, Steve Young was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXIX, as the 49ers defeated the San Diego Chargers, 49-26. Young also threw for 325 yards and rushed for 49 yards, making him the first player ever to finish a Super Bowl as the game's leader in both rushing and passing yards.

The victory capped off an incredible year for Young, who had one of the best seasons by a quarterback in NFL history. He threw for 3,969 yards, a then-franchise record 35 touchdown passes with only 10 interceptions, completed 70.3 percent of his passes—the highest completion percentage of the 1990s, third all-time, and at the time, the best completion percentage by any quarterback with more than 400 attempts (later eclipsed by Drew Brees in 2009). Additionally, Young broke Joe Montana's single season mark with a then-record 112.8 passer rating, and also once again demonstrated his great scrambling ability, accumulating another 289 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground. For his record-breaking season performances, Young was awarded his second AP NFL MVP award, becoming the 6th player in NFL history to win both league and Super Bowl MVP honors in the same season.

Later years and injuries[edit]

In the three years following Super Bowl XXIX, the 49ers would be eliminated each year by Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers, twice in San Francisco. In addition to the early playoff exits, Young suffered a series of injuries that forced him to miss several games from 1995 to 1997. Young entered the 1998 season at age 37 and some began to wonder if his skills would diminish because of his history of injuries and a general decline in his game due to age. However, he silenced all critics once again, putting up career numbers in passing yards (4,170) and passing touchdowns (36). He finally beat Favre and the Packers in the NFC wild card game that year, as he threw the winning touchdown to wide receiver Terrell Owens with three seconds remaining to win the game 30–27. In reference to Dwight Clark's legendary catch against the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFC championship game, Owens' grab was called "The Catch II." A week later, however, Garrison Hearst broke his ankle on the 49ers first play from scrimmage. Without the threat of a running game, Young threw three interceptions (the last one a Hail Mary pass with under 30 seconds remaining in the game) and the 49ers were defeated by the Atlanta Falcons 20-18. Over that span of seasons from 1995 to 1998, Young led the NFL in passer rating twice (in 1996 and 1997), and led the NFL with 36 touchdown passes in 1998.

The 1999 season would turn out to be Steve Young's last in the NFL. Young was plagued by concussions throughout his career. During a Week 3 Monday Night Football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Young was violently sacked by Cardinals' cornerback Aeneas Williams due to a missed blocking assignment by 49ers' running back Lawrence Phillips. Young was knocked out of the game with a concussion, and didn't return again for the rest of the season due to symptoms of post-concussion syndrome. The concussion he suffered against the Cardinals was reportedly his second in a season that was only three weeks old, and the seventh (at least) of his career. Young was forced to retire at the end of the year; the team informed him that he would be released if he did not retire. Although Young was offered a job as the Broncos starting quarterback, he retired because of his repeated concussions.[9][10] In a 2013 Frontline interview, Young said that, partially based upon their own experiences, he and many retired players are increasingly concerned about repeated concussions and subconcussive hits. He is particularly concerned about certain positions that take frequent hits, such as running backs and linemen.[11]

Although he did not become the 49ers' starter until his 8th NFL season, and he played a full season only three times during his 15-year career, Young compiled impressive career numbers. He completed 2,667 of 4,149 passes for 33,124 yards and 232 touchdowns, with 107 interceptions, and 43 rushing touchdowns. His 96.8 career passer rating is the fourth highest in NFL history and highest amongst retired players; his 4,239 rushing yards are the third most ever gained by a quarterback, behind Michael Vick and Randall Cunningham. He was the NFL's top rated passer in six different seasons and led the league in touchdown passes four times. In 20 postseason games, he threw 20 touchdown passes with only 13 interceptions, and scored 8 touchdowns on the ground. In his stint with the San Francisco 49ers, Young passed for 29,907 yards, 221 touchdowns, and 86 interceptions, with a passer rating of 101.4, highest in franchise history. He was also sacked 290 times, also most in franchise history.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
Led the league
Team won the Super Bowl
NFL MVP
Bold Career high

USFL

Year Team G GS Passing Rushing
Comp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
1984 LA 12 12 179 310 57.7 2,361 7.6 10 9 80.6 79 515 6.5 7
1985 LA 10 10 137 250 54.8 1,741 7.0 6 13 63.1 56 368 6.6 2
Career 22 22 316 560 56.4 4,102 7.3 16 22 72.8 135 883 6.5 9

NFL

Year Team G GS Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles
Comp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sack Yds Fum Lost
1985 TB 5 5 72 138 52.2 935 6.8 3 8 56.9 40 233 5.8 1 21 158 4 3
1986 TB 14 14 195 363 53.7 2,282 6.3 8 13 65.5 74 425 5.7 5 47 326 11 9
1987 SF 8 3 37 69 53.6 570 8.3 10 0 120.8 26 190 7.3 1 3 25 0 0
1988 SF 11 3 54 101 53.5 680 6.7 3 3 72.2 27 184 6.8 1 13 75 5 3
1989 SF 10 3 64 92 69.6 1,001 10.9 8 3 120.8 38 126 3.3 2 12 84 2 1
1990 SF 6 1 38 62 61.3 427 6.9 2 0 92.6 15 159 10.6 0 8 41 1 1
1991 SF 11 10 180 279 64.5 2,517 9.0 17 8 101.8 66 415 6.3 4 13 79 3 2
1992 SF 16 16 268 402 66.7 3,465 8.6 25 7 107.0 76 537 7.1 4 29 152 9 6
1993 SF 16 16 314 462 68.0 4,023 8.7 29 16 101.5 69 407 5.9 2 31 160 8 6
1994 SF 16 16 324 461 70.3 3,969 8.6 35 10 112.8 58 293 5.1 7 31 163 4 3
1995 SF 11 11 299 447 66.9 3,200 7.2 20 11 92.3 50 250 5.0 3 25 115 3 3
1996 SF 12 12 214 316 67.7 2,410 7.6 14 6 97.2 52 310 6.0 4 34 160 3 2
1997 SF 15 15 241 356 67.7 3,029 8.5 19 6 104.7 50 199 4.0 3 35 220 4 2
1998 SF 15 15 322 517 62.3 4,170 8.1 36 12 101.1 70 454 6.5 6 48 234 9 8
1999 SF 3 3 45 84 53.6 446 5.3 3 4 60.9 11 57 5.2 0 8 63 2 2
Career 169 143 2,667 4,149 64.3 33,124 8.0 232 107 96.8 722 4,239 5.9 43 358 2,055 68 49

Records and legacy[edit]

Young and Michael Irvin playing in the ESPN Pro Bowl Skills Challenge in 2006
NFL records
  • Fifth-highest passer rating, career – 96.8[12]
  • Most times led the league in passer rating, career – 6 (tied w/ Sammy Baugh)[12]
  • Most consecutive times led the league in passer rating – 4 (1991–94)[12]
  • Most seasons with a passer rating over 100, career – 6 (1991–94, 1997–98)[13]
  • One of 7 QBs to lead the league in touchdown passes 4 times (tied w/Johnny Unitas, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Len Dawson)[12]
  • Most passes attempted, playoff game – 65 vs. Green Bay, 1995[14]
  • Most TD passes, playoff game – 6 (tied w/Daryle Lamonica & Tom Brady)[14]
  • Most TD passes in one Super Bowl – 6[15]
  • Most rushing yards by a QB, postseason career – 594[16]
  • Most rushing touchdowns by a QB, postseason career – 8[16]
49ers records
  • Highest completion percentage (20+ Atts) (Game): vs Detroit (10/20/91), 90.0
  • Most average yards per attempt (20+ Atts) (Game): vs Detroit (12/19/93), 15.39
  • Most touchdown passes (season): 36 (1998)
  • Best completion percentage (season): 70.3 (1994)
  • Best passer rating (season): 112.8 (1994)
  • Most 300-yard passing games (season): 7 (1998)
  • Best passer rating (career): 101.4
  • Most average yards per attempt (career): 8.20
  • Most consecutive games with a touchdown pass: 18, at Det. (10/9/94) to vs. StL (11/26/95) note: (DNP in 5 games in 1995)
  • Best completion percentage (career): 65.8
  • Most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (career): 43

In 1999, he was ranked No. 63 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players. Young was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 5, 2005; he was the first left-handed quarterback to be so honored.[citation needed] He was enshrined August 7, 2005. His induction speech was given by his father, LeGrande "Grit" Young.

The San Francisco 49ers had his No. 8 jersey retired during a halftime ceremony against the New England Patriots on October 5, 2008. He was the 11th player in team history to receive this honor.[17] He is also the only 49er in team history to wear No. 8.[18]

Acting[edit]

Young appeared in one episode of Frasier and one episode of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (cast as Lois' former high school football quarterback boyfriend, Joe Maloy).[19] He also made a guest appearance as himself in the Dharma & Greg episode "Are You Ready for Some Football?" encouraging Dharma, the team's Number One Fan. In 1995, Young appeared as himself in the Season 6, Episode 12 episode of Beverly Hills, 90210. He also made cameo appearances in the Mormon comedy The Singles Ward (2002) and in a season 5 episode of BYUtv's Studio C (2014). Young also made a guest appearance as himself in season 8 of Wings's "Call me Angel" as a passenger of Sandpiper Air.

Young was originally offered a part in the 1998 movie There's Something About Mary, but turned the role down. He was replaced by Brett Favre.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Steve Young speaking to Young Single Adults in 2009

Young is a great-great-great-grandson of Brigham Young,[21] second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for whom BYU is named. His father, LeGrande "Grit" Young, played football at BYU in the late 1950s. He led the school in scoring in 1955 and in rushing and total offense in 1959. Steve Young's younger brothers, Mike and Tom, both played quarterback at BYU after Steve, but neither received much playing time.[citation needed] Young has been married to Barbara Graham in 2000. They have two boys and two girls.[22]

Post-football[edit]

Young received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School.[23]

Young serves[when?] as a managing director of Huntsman Gay Global Capital[24] after being involved in business ventures with the private equity firm, which he co-founded with billionaire industrialist Jon M. Huntsman and former Bain Capital executive Robert C. Gay.

Young serving as a commentator at the 2010 NFL Draft

Young spoke at the Republican National Convention in 2000.[25]

Young was one of several notable BYU athletes and coaches who appeared in the school's 2011 "Real Cougar" advertising campaign, which featured the individuals telling an actual cougar about being a "real cougar." In one of the ads, Young poked fun at himself:[26]

Young: I love BYU so much I even got my law degree here.
Cougar: (growls)
Young: Lawyers... I know.

Philanthropy[edit]

Young serves as a National Advisor to ASCEND: A Humanitarian Alliance. This non-profit organization plans expeditions to African and South American countries to provide life skills mentoring with sustainable solutions in education, enterprise, health and simple technology.[27]

In 1993, Young founded a charitable foundation known as the Forever Young Foundation, which serves children facing significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges by providing academic, athletic, and therapeutic opportunities otherwise unavailable to them.[28][29]

Young also serves as the National Spokesman for the Best Shot Foundation,[30] an organization founded by former Save Darfur Coalition executive director and founder, David Rubenstein.[31] He began his affiliation with the organization in 2009, when he became the honorary league commissioner for their charitable dodgeball tournaments held on college campuses nationwide.[32][33]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Passer rating seasons, 110+, 150 att". Pro-Football-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Steve Young Stats: Leaderboards". Pro-Football-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  3. ^ "NFL Career Passer Rating Leaders". Pro-Football-Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/rush_yds_career.htm
  5. ^ Steve Young Will Make $1 Million in 2014 from USFL Deal Signed in 1984
  6. ^ USFL Confirms Young Is Highest-Paid Player at $2.4 Million a Year, Los Angeles Times, Retrieved November 11, 2013.
  7. ^ New Orleans Saints 13 at San Francisco 49ers 10 pro-football.reference.com
  8. ^ "SI.com". CNN. 
  9. ^ Broncos in pursuit of a Young gun
  10. ^ Use Your Head, Brian: Be Smart and Walk Away Now
  11. ^ Frontline "League of Denial" extended interview
  12. ^ a b c d "NFL Records", pro-football-reference.com
  13. ^ "All-time 100-point passers", Pro Football Hall of Fame
  14. ^ a b "NFL Playoff Records: Individual – Passing", NFL.com
  15. ^ "Steve Young – Pro Football Hall of Fame", Pro Football Hall of Fame
  16. ^ a b "Player Game Finder Query Results", Pro-Football-Reference.com
  17. ^ 49ers to Retire Steve Young's Jersey
  18. ^ http://blogs.mercurynews.com/49ers/2008/09/25/49ers-to-retire-steve-youngs-no-8-on-oct-5/
  19. ^ IMDb entry for Steve Young
  20. ^ "Don’t Forget: ‘There’s Something About Mary’". Yahoo.com. February 23, 2011. 
  21. ^ Krakauer, John. "Under The Banner of Heaven" pg. 203
  22. ^ http://www.playerwives.com/nfl/san-francisco-49ers/steve-youngs-wife-barbara-graham-young/
  23. ^ "Brigham Young University (Clark)," US News & World Report, accessed 23 November 2013.
  24. ^ Leiber, Ron (10 September 2011). "Your Money: Financial Lessons from Sports Stars' Mistakes". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  25. ^ "Steve Young Speaker, Steve Young Appearance, Steve Young Endorsement". Premiere Athlete & Celebrity. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  26. ^ BYU Real Cougar 2 – Jimmered!. YouTube. Brigham Young University. September 9, 2011. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  27. ^ Sixteen Celebrities Join Together Promoting a Life Changing Cause
  28. ^ "Forever Young Foundation", Condé Nast Portfolio.com.
  29. ^ "Sports Commission, Forever Young Foundation join forces for Chelsea Cohen Courage Award", StamfordPlus.com, July 29, 2008.
  30. ^ [1]
  31. ^ "Best Shot Foundation". Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  32. ^ "Steve Young: Honorary League Commissioner". Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  33. ^ [2]

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