Steve Young

Jon Steven Young ( born October 11, 1961 in Salt Lake City, Utah ) is a former American football player at the position of quarterback. He played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League ( NFL). He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.


Young played college football at Brigham Young University ( BYU), which according to Young's Alturgroßvater Brigham Young, the prophet of the Mormon named. In 1982, he replaced Jim McMahon at quarterback the Cougars, throwing for 3,902 yards in 1983 passports space gain and 33 touchdowns. The rate of 71.3 % arrived passports was a new NCAA record. This year, he finished second in the election for the Heisman Trophy, behind Nebraska's Mike Rozier. Young finished his collegiate career with the game-winning touchdown at the 21:17 win over the University of Missouri- Columbia in the Holiday Bowl in 1983.

Professional time

Young signed a contract in 1984 with the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League ( USFL ). Only after the league stopped operating, he came into the NFL, where he played in 1985 and 1986 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers were ill at this time and each won only two games in 14 defeats. Young was the starting quarterback just three games to win - in 16 defeats. The Buccaneers had the first pick in the next NFL Draft. When they chose quarterback Vinny Testaverde, Young was at the instigation of the Head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Bill Walsh, for two draft picks (Second and Fourth round: Winston Moss and Bruce Hill were selected ) and the payment of one million dollars to the San Francisco 49ers traded. Young played up to end of his career after the 1999 season, when the 49ers.

With the 49ers he was for many years only the second man behind Joe Montana and Montana supplied with an intense rivalry to the place as a starter. During this time he won two Super Bowls as a reservist while the 49ers dominated the NFL. The opportunity to move to another team, Young refused several times. Since Montana was frequently violated, Young kept coming back to sporadic operations.

He got his chance to lead the team permanently but only when Montana seriously injured in a play-off game of the 1990 season at the elbow. Young took over and was chosen after the 1992 season Most Valuable Player ( MVP). The following year, Young began due to a hand injury initially weak, the rest of the season but showed outstanding performance. At the end of the season he had set a franchise record with the most passing yards ( 4,023 ). Nevertheless, Young was far from popular with the fans of the 49ers, to the front of the 1993 season to the Kansas City Chiefs exchanged Montana remained loyal and Young collusion qualification, to lead the 49ers to the title.

A personal triumph was Young then achieve 1994 after he led the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX victory against the San Diego Chargers. In the game Young showed one of the most dominant performances ever in the history of the Super Bowl. Even with the third turn, he threw a touchdown pass to Jerry Rice, overall he threw six touchdown passes, which was a new Super Bowl record. Previous record holder, with five touchdown passes, Joe Montana was. After the game, he was named Super Bowl MVP.

Between 1992 and 1997 led the NFL Young in each of the most relevant statistical categories, including ones he led at the end of season five in quarterback rating. However, the 49ers failed in the years after their victory in the Super Bowl in the play- offs every time the Green Bay Packers. Only in the 1998 season, Young was able to win against Green Bay for the first time; eight seconds left in the game in the wildcard play-off game, he threw a touchdown pass to Terrell Owens, who immediately - dubbed " The Catch II" - in the style of " The Catch ", the touchdown pass from Joe Montana to Dwight Clark in the 1981 season been. However, the 49ers dropped out in the next game against the Atlanta Falcons. In the regular season, Young had set a new franchise record with most thrown yards ( 4,170 ).

In the following season, Young injured in the third game against the Arizona Cardinals played hard and henceforth no single game more, but resigned after the season from active competition. Mainly Young finished his career due to a serious concussion that he suffered in the game against the Cardinals - his fourth in three years and its second heavy in the season. Young won 92 games as a starter for the 49ers and lost only 33, which he holds an overall record of 95 wins to 49 losses. His quarterback rating over his entire career was the tallest NFL history when he retired. Young is a member of the National Football League 1990s All- Decade Team and twice received the Bert Bell Award. On February 5, 2005 Young was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and received on 7 August of the same year in it. He was the first left-handed quarterback who achieved this. Young also considered one of the quarterbacks that were good in the running game, which is why his coaches were pressured for years to retrain him to running back. With his favorite wide receiver, Jerry Rice, he set numerous records; the number of 85 touchdown passes was surpassed only by Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison.

After his playing career, Young is working as an analyst for football games for the TV channel ESPN.


Steve Young is a direct descendant of Brigham Young, the second President and Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ( " Mormons "). At the opening ceremony of the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Young was the sign for the UK.