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Steve Young Biography

Birth Name:
Jon Steven Young
Birth Place:
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Former NFL player, analyst

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • Jim Young -- Brother
  • Mike Young -- Brother
  • Tom Young -- Brother
  • Summer Ann Young -- Daughter
  • LeGrande "Grit" Young -- Father
  • Sherry Young -- Mother
  • Melissa Young -- Sister
  • Braedon Steven Young -- Son
  • Jackson Graham Young -- Son
  • Barbara Graham -- Wife