Steve Young (Football)
Steve Young is best known as the former quarterback (QB) for the San Francisco 49ers. His outstanding professional football career lasted over fifteen years. Young’s claim to fame on the gridiron include the honor of being the highest-rated quarterback in National Football League (NFL) history, Super Bowl XXIX Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the NFL’s MVP in 1992 and 1994. Young has also set NFL history by being the only QB to have won four consecutive passing titles, the only QB to post four consecutive seasons with a QB rating of above 100, and the only QB to post six consecutive 300-yard plus passing games. He was selected to participate in the Pro Bowl for seven consecutive years.
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Young’s love of football began as a toddler. His incredible speed often found him playing running back instead of QB during his years at Greenwich High School. He is the great, great, great-grandson of Brigham Young, founder of Brigham Young University (BYU) where Young attended and set collegiate records. He was a consensus All-American and a Heisman Trophy runner-up. In 1983, he was a first round draft pick, selected by the now defunct United States Football League. After two seasons, he was released from his contract and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The San Francisco 49ers signed him as a back-up QB in 1987 and from1991, until he retired in 2000, he was their starter.
Young’s charitable contributions are vast. He founded and chairs the Forever Young Foundation (FYF), which is actively involved in children’s charities nationwide. Recently, FYF has focused on a project in two Children’s Hospitals. Both The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University and Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City are the recipients of new, state of the art, interactive recreational-therapy rooms called Forever Young Zones. These rooms are created with the intent to provide tools for exercising the imagination of children who find themselves away from home, facing the emotional and physical challenges that serious illness brings. Additionally, FYF has teamed up with NFL Charities to provide state of the art technology rooms for the Youth Education Towns (YET Centers) across the country. These Forever Young Zones are equipped with computers and servers through a generous contribution from Sun Microsystems and will allow computer access and training for the children in these communities as well as the adults. Young is currently the broadcast host as well the former International Spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network which has raised over one billion dollars world-wide to benefit children’s hospitals. He is a board member of the American Indian Services. Young frequently donates his time to youth groups across the country as a motivational speaker. Additionally, he is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints.
Young has been a corporate spokesperson for high-profile companies such as Visa, Nike, Sprint, PowerBar, ICON Health & Fitness, and Sun Microsystems. He is the Chairman of the Board for Found, Inc.; an Internet technology company that integrates retail stores with the Internet. Additionally, Young sits on the board of Foundry Networks and is a partner in University Technology Ventures. Young was active with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games; he served as the Volunteer Chairperson and was the nightly host at the Olympic Medals Plaza. Frequent articles about Young have appeared throughout the years; he has been profiled in periodicals such as Sports Illustrated, People and GQ. Young has appeared on a variety of talk shows and has dabbled in the acting world over the past years with roles in Beverly Hills 90210, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Wings, and Dharma & Greg. He was the studio co-host of the Super Bowl XXXIV pre-game, half time and post-game show on ABC. He is currently a studio analyst for ESPN’s NFL Countdown. Additionally, Young has written a children’s book entitled Forever Young.
Young was born Jon Steven Young on October 11, 1961 to Sherry and LeGrande “Grit” Young in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the oldest of five siblings; Mike, Melissa, Tom and Jim follow in that order. When he was in elementary school, the family relocated to Greenwich, Connecticut where he attended Greenwich High School. He received both his Bachelor of Science (1983) and his Juris Doctor (1994) from BYU. Young and his wife Barb maintain two primary residences: Palo Alto, California, and Park City, Utah. They are the proud parents of a son, Braedon Steven, born on December 6, 2000.
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