A tribute to the man who would never quit:
Steve Young took over the 49ers after Joe Montana. Attempting to fill shoes that seemed to big to be filled, Young took the field and showed every fan in the league why Bill Walsh went after him so progressively. Two MVP awards later, and one Super Bowl Championship ring, Steve Young's days as a 9er seem to be in jeopardy. To one of the greatest to ever play the game, and to a competitor who would never call it quits, this page is for you Steve, and my hope is you retire, you most definately deserve it, and the thought of you lying on the ground once more sends shivers down my spine.
Steve Young could very well be the 1990s savior for the 49ers. Originally drafted by Tampa Bay (who had rights to Young upon his departure from the USFL) in 1985 out of BYU Universiy, Young was thrust into the starting line up. Upon his poor play, Tampa Bay was eager to see Young out the door. It was then that Bill Walsh orchestrated the trade that would prolong the 49ers reign of supremacy.
Steve Young was born on October 11th 1961, into a prominent family that founded Bringham Young Univesity. He grew up in his hometown of Salt Lake City until his family moved to Greenwich, Connecticut at the age of 8. As a child Young was introduced to football. He took an imediate liking to the game and his high talent level was obvious. As such Young was enrolled in a football league.
Young; however, excelled in other areas than athletics too. Young grew up as an academic scolar, showing exteme intelligence that would one day allow him to pass his bar exams thereby giving him his law degree. Young showed strong comitment in getting his degree working all off-season while still training for football.
Young's comitment permitted him to excel in football too. In 1994 he took the 49ers to their 5th Super Bowl where not only was he victrious but he was the game's MVP too. That season Young was the league's best passer with a rating of 112.8 a title Young held 6 times to date during his career. Young is also the highest rated quarterback over the course of a career, and holds recods for: consecutive 300 plus yard games with 6, and the record for touchdowns thrown in a Pro Bowl. He is the teams leading touchdown passer with 36 in one season and has combined wih Jerry Rice for the NFL lead in touchdowns as a pair. He has also been honoured with the Len Eshmont award twice.
Steve Young leads an active life outside of the NFL too. Not only has Young appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Wheel of Fortune, Beverly Hills 90210, Wings, Lois and Clark and Dharma and Greg but he also involves himself in charity work. In 1993 Steve began The Forever Young Foundation and recently used the foundation to build a technologically advanced play room for the Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital in Palo Alto, California called the Forever Young Zone.
Most recently Young has become engaged to his long time girl friend and is currently debating retirement due to multiple recent concussions. It is also interesting to note that Steve is actually Young's middle name, and his first is actually Jon. Upon Young's departure from the league he will be inducted to the hall of fame; enshrined forever as not only the most profolific passer in the history of the NFL but as one of football's greats both on and off the field.
I am attempting to compile a page of fan's memories of Steve Young, please E-mail me your memmories.
Below find article covering the Steve Young Saga:
By 49ers Paradise:
Fan Memories of Steve Young
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