A Young Induction
August 12 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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Steve Young received an incredible honor this weekend as he was inducted into the College Football Hall Of Fame. The legendary quarterback will likely receive a similar honor from the NFL as soon as he is eligible. The former 49ers quarterback spoke proudly of his time at Bringham Young University - which incidentally was founded by Steve Young’s great-great-grandfather.
Young recounted tails of his time at BYU and how it prepared him to follow one of the best of all time, Joe Montana, with the 49ers. Steve spoke eloquently about how following the career of Jim McMahon who quarterback for BYU from 1977-1981. McMahon was a legend himself at the University and Steve explained how his struggle to carve his own niche at BYU helped him do the same in following Joe Montana with the 49ers.
Young becomes the fourth straight BYU quarterback to enter the hall, joining Gifford Nielsen, who played from 1977-79, Marc Wilson (1977-79) and McMahon (1977-81). "If you want to find out how you can be better, watch a football game, watch about how people react to pressure, and after the game of how they handle losing with dignity and dealing with success. You'll learn about yourself," he said.
"There were other quarterbacks before him that had great success, but he really stretched the envelope. I had to face the doubts and anxieties of a kid coming from nowhere." Said Steve about his first year as quarterback for BYU. When he entered the NFL, Steve dealt with the same anxieties but he said, “I had already figured out how to do it,"
When Young was done recounting stories of his climb up through the quarterback ranks, he went on to talk about why football is the number one game. "If you want to find out how you can be better, watch a football game, watch about how people react to pressure, and after the game of how they handle losing with dignity and dealing with success. You'll learn about yourself,"
It is that attitude that won Steve a place in all 49ers fans hearts. A gentleman from head to toe, Young could not be more deserving of this honor. He fits perfectly into the old cliché ‘great football player, ever better person’. The ever-competitive Steve Young has now been enshrined, and will go down in history as one of the best to ever play his position.