Steve Young 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 dad.
Young played 15 seasons in the pros, first with the USFL’s Los Angeles Express and then the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers before signing with the 49ers as Joe Montana’s back-up in 1987. During his career in the Bay Area, he won three Super Bowl titles—two as back-up and one as a starter—including a record six TD performance in a 49-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX that earned him the game’s MVP Award. When Young retired after the 1999 season, his resume included being the highest-rated QB in NFL history, two league MVP Awards (1992 and 1994) and the renown of being the only signal caller in league annals to win four consecutive passing titles.
In recent years, he has been the studio co-host of the Super Bowl pre-game, half time and post-game show on ABC, as well as a popular studio analyst on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown TV series. Steve Young was recently elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the 2005 class. He will be officially inducted August 7th, 2005, joining 229 fellow players in football history.
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 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. 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. Steve Young is currently the broadcast host as well as the former International Spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network which has raised over one billion dollars world-wide to benefit children’s hospitals.
Young is also an Athlete Ambassador for Right to Play, a humanitarian non-governmental organization that implements sport and play programs in communities of disadvantage in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He is also a board member of the American Indian Services. Articles about Young have appeared throughout the years; he has been profiled in periodicals such asSports Illustrated, People and GQ. Additionally, he has written a children’s book entitled Forever Young. Young is also an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Steve Young has been a corporate spokesperson for high-profile companies such as Toyota, Marriott, ICON Health & Fitness, Visa, Nike, Spring, PowerBar, and Sun MicroSystems. Currently, he is co-founder and a Managing Director for Sorenson Capital, a new private equity investment firm headquartered in Utah, aimed at making small to middle market buyouts and growth equity investments.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors of CRS Retail Systems, Inc., a leading provider of POS and analytical software to the retail industry, and former Chairman of the Board of Found, Inc., which was acquired by CRS Retail in October 2002. Additionally, Young sits on the board of Foundry Networks and is a partner in University Technology Ventures.
Young was also active with the Salt lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, excelling as the Medals Plaza Volunteer Chairperson, and managing over 25,000 volunteers during the Olympics. In 2003, Young was appointed by President Bush as a member of the newly formed President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, working to inspire Americans to volunteer and make a difference in their communities.
Young earned a Bachelor of Science (1983) and his Juris Doctorate (1994) from Brigham Young University. Steve Young and his wife Barbara split their time between California, Utah and Arizona. They are the proud parents of two sons, Braedon Steven, born on December 6, 2000 and Jackson Graham, born on March 2, 2003.