As a Hall of Fame quarterback and longtime television analyst, Steve Young left a lasting legacy for NFL fans.
Before reaching the pros, Young was a highly touted college quarterback at BYU. A devout Mormon, Young chose to attend the school named after Brigham Young.
Interestingly, the eventual San Francisco 49ers star was actually linked to Brigham Young. Here is Young’s story.
Steve Young is an NFL legend
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The first overall pick in the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft, Steve Young’s resume speaks for itself.
The 6-foot-2 gunslinger has won seven Pro Bowls and three Super Bowl rings — one of which, in 1994, was the 49ers’ starting quarterback — during a 15-year career.
A longtime replacement for Joe Montana, Young became the 49ers’ starting quarterback in 1992 and posted a winning record every year until his finals in 1999.
The two-time MVP also had 4,239 rushing yards and 43 rushing touchdowns.
Young was a three-time first-team All-Pro selection. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005 and has worked at ESPN since 2000. He joined the network full-time in 2001.
Young played collegiately at BYU
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It’s been nearly 40 years since Steve Young took his last photo at BYU.
Fans of that era will remember how dominant Young was in blue and white. Young completed 65.2% of his passes for 7,733 yards, 56 touchdowns and 33 touchdowns in three seasons.
The dual-threat quarterback also scored 18 touchdowns over his past two seasons.
Young finished second in voting for the 1983 Heisman Trophy. BYU went 30-7 in Young’s three seasons at the helm.
Steve Young is related to Brigham Young, the school’s namesake
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BYU is named after Brigham Young, the second President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1947 to 1877.
Steve Young is one of many descendants of Brigham Young. Given that the eldest Young was married 27 times and had 56 children, it shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise that one of his descendants would end up becoming a quarterback at BYU.
In a 2016 interview with NPR, Young noted this.
“…[a]And then the outside press said, oh, my God, you’re related to Brigham Young. No wonder you play quarterback. And I was like, no one cared until then. In fact, no one knew my name. The head coach, when he found out, he said, oh, your last name is Young? »
Steve Young is officially the great-great-great-grandson of Brigham Young.
Steve Young is a devout Mormon and has spent his life sharing what it means to him. Young co-wrote a book, QB: My life behind the spiral, in 2016.
In the book, he explained why separation anxiety kept him from going on a two-year mission, a journey that many Mormons take.
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