Steve Young may have built his fame as the record-setting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers…but he is also a licensed attorney, an acclaimed motivational speaker, a sought-after corporate spokesperson, a supporter of numerous charities and foundations and, most importantly, a dedicated husband and a proud, doting father.
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, and garnered a record setting contract. 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 quarterback to Joe Montana in 1987 and from 1991, until he retired in 2000, he was their starter.
Steve Young is the first to admit that his years of backing up Joe Montana were an excellent tutorage for becoming a Pro Bowl quarterback. During that time, in addition to learning the intricacies of quarterbacking from a master, he was also learning the intricacies of the law at Brigham Young University's School of Law, receiving his law degree in 1994.
Young's charitable contributions are vast. In 1993, he founded and chairs the Forever Young Foundation (FYF) which is actively involved in children's charities in the San Francisco Bay Area, Utah and Arizona. 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, he founded the Sport, Education and Values Foundation which is an official licensee of the United State's Olympic Committee dedicated to developing educational and value-based programs for America's youth. He 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.
Young is 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. Frequent articles about Young have appeared throughout the years. He has recently been profiled in a variety of periodicals such as Sports Illustrated, Inside Sports, 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 a 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 “Sunday NFL Countdown”. Additionally, Young has written a children's book entitled Forever Young.
A charismatic, inspiring speaker, Steve Young shares with audiences the tools he’s used to accomplish victories on and off the playing field. Stressing the value of teamwork, he uses humor and a wealth of anecdotes to prove that no goal is unreachable.
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