- Great-great-great-grandson of Brigham Young, namesake of Young's later alma mater.
- Co-captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams during his senior year.
- Honored with the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, given to the nation's best collegiate quarterback, in 1983; also named First Team All-American and was runner-up in that year's Heisman Trophy voting.
- Began professional career with the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League (USFL).
- While in the USFL, became the first pro football player ever to pass for 300 yards while rushing for another 100 in a single game.
- Entered the NFL through the 1984 supplemental draft through a first-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; traded to San Francisco in 1987 and finished his career with the 49ers.
- Two-time NFL Most Valuable Player award winner (1992, 1994).
- Awarded MVP of Super Bowl XXIX.
- Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
- First and only left-handed quarterback to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in 2005.
- Jersey (#8) was retired by the San Francisco 49ers in 2008.
- Holds many NFL records to this day, most notably: highest passer rating in a career (96.9), most rushing touchdowns by a QB in a career (43); most passing titles in a career (T-6) and consecutive passing titles (4); most TD passes in one Super Bowl (6).
- Started the charitable organization, Forever Young Foundation, in 1993, which aides physically, emotionally, and financially challenged children.
- Honored with the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award in 2009 which acknowledges athletes who completed their collegiate careers 25 years ago while remaining active in their communities and profession.
- Became an NFL analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football in 2009.
- Tom Young — Brother
- Jim Young — Brother
- Sherry Young — Mother
- Jackson Graham Young — Son
- Barbara Graham — Wife
- Braedon Steven Young — Son
- Summer Ann Young — Daughter
- Melissa Young — Sister
- Mike Young — Brother
- LeGrande "Grit" Young — Father
- Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, United States (BA in International Relations,1984); Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah, United States (JD, 1994)
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