Jon Steve Young also known as Steve Young is born on October 11, 1961, in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. He is considered one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the history of the NFL (National Football League). He is an American gridiron football player who is known as the legendary player in the history of the NFL (National Football League). Gridiron football is a version of the sport of football, which is named so as it consists of vertical yard lines which mark the rectangular field. Gridiron football is played with 11 players on each side, and its origin dates back to the 1860s in the North American regions of the United States of America at the North American Universities.
Steve Young played for the San Francisco 49ers. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles. He was named the most valuable player of the National Football League in 1992 and 1994. He was the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXIX and was introduced into the Pro Football Hall of the Fame in 2005. He became the first and most prestigious left-handed quarterback to be honored with such a prestigious position. Steve Young holds the NFL record for the highest career passer ratings and he has also won 6 NFL passing titles.
As a Hall of the Fame quarterback and a longtime TV analyst, Steve Young has a lasting impression on the worldwide football fans and has also left a prestigious legacy for the NFL fans. He is best known for the 13 seasons he played for the San Francisco 49ers. He played college football for Brigham Young University. He has set many school and NCAA records. He was also the runner-up for the 1983 Heisman Trophy. To know more about Young’s personal life, his early history, college history, and many more insights about him; hereunder are a few details about him.
More insights on Steve Young’s life
Steve attended Greenwich High School in Greenwich located in Connecticut. He was a multi-sport athlete. He gained his football legacy from his father. Steve’s father was LeGrande “Grit” Young, who played football at the Brigham Young University in the late 1950s.
Steve Young earned his law degree from Brigham Young University (BYU). Steve Young is a great-great-great-grandson of Brigham Young, who was the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints for whom the Brigham Young University is named after. As a devout Mormon, Steve Young chose to attend the school named for his great-great-great-grandfather Brigham Young.
Steve Young is married to the former Barbara Graham on March 15, 2000.
Steve was not originally considered for the quarterback position initially, but after he began to play for BYU, his speed overshadowed his passing abilities thus after putting tonnes of effort and hard work into improving his passing ability he was then picked up for the quarterback position. In 1983 during his senior year, he played spectacularly for his senior season, which brought him an NCAA single-season record for his completion percentage at 71.3%, with 33 touchdowns in the regular season and he passed for 3,902 yards. With him in the quarterback position, Brigham Young University also set records and gained much popularity. BYU set an NCAA record by averaging 584.2 yards of total offense per game, of which Young had a terrific contribution of 370.5 yards of him passing and rushing.
He finished the year with an impressive 11-1 record; for which he was named First Team All-American and landed second in voting for the Heisman Trophy. Steve Young’s record-breaking season was honored after he won the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, which gave him the recognition of the nation’s best collegiate quarterback bringing him all the fame and name in the field of college football.
Young was selected by the Los Angeles Express in the first round where he was ranked 11th overall of the 1984 USFL (The United States Football League) Draft.
After his dissatisfaction with the Los Angeles Express around the 1986 season, Young bought out his Express contract and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who had made him the first pick in a supplemental draft of USFL (Young was selected by the Los Angeles Express in the first round where he was ranked 11th overall of the 1984 USFL (The United States Football League) and CFL (Canadian Football League) players in the previous year.
Young was traded to the San Francisco 49ers on April 24, 1987, to serve as a backup to Joe Montana. He played behind Joe Montana from 1987-to-1990, but his performance was just stellar and impressed everyone along with the team coach.
The 1992 season game gained him the first NFL Most Valuable Player(MVP) Award, followed by his second The 1992 season game gained him the first NFL Most Valuable Player(MVP) Award, followed by his second and Super Bowl run in the 1994 season.
Steve Young was an extremely efficient passer, leading the league in passer rating for a professional record of six times, and a completion percentage and yards per attempt for five times. His 43 career rushing touchdowns are second among quarterbacks, while his 4.239 rushing yards make a rank fifth of all times.
Young’s Retirement from NFL
The 1999 season was the last game season for Steve Young in the NFL. After ending his sports career, Steve Young has been active in many business ventures. His Forever Young Foundation helps many underprivileged children by providing academic, athletic, and growth opportunities.