Steve Young, Pro Football Hall of Famer and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, is an NFL analyst for ESPN. He travels with Monday Night Countdown during the NFL season and on several occasions has been part of ESPN’s season-opening doubleheader announcing team, in addition to contributing to ESPN’s annual Super Bowl coverage.
A former Super Bowl MVP, Young retired after 15 NFL seasons in 1999. He appeared on Sunday NFL Countdown in 2000 and expanded his ESPN role full-time beginning in 2001. Young served as an analyst on ABC’s Super Bowl XXXIV (2000), XXXVII (2003) and XL (2006) pre-game shows. He was part of ESPN’s main set at Radio City Music Hall for the NFL Draft telecast for five years (2006-10).
Steve Young was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2005, and the 49ers organization retired his No. 8 in a special ceremony at Candlestick Park in 2008. Young retired as the highest-rated signal-caller in NFL history. He was the Super Bowl XXIX MVP and the league’s MVP in 1992 and 1994. A dual-threat throughout his career, he amassed 33,124 passing yards and 232 passing touchdowns, while also totaling 4,239 rushing yards and 43 rushing touchdowns.
As a collegian, Steve Young, the great-great-great grandson of Brigham Young, was a consensus All-American and a Heisman Trophy runner-up at Brigham Young University in 1982. He received a degree in political science with a minor in finance in 1985, and returned to BYU and was graduated from the school of law in 1994. In 2003, Young was inducted into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.
In 1983, he was a first-round draft pick of the United States Football League’s Los Angeles Express. After two seasons with L.A., he was released from his contract and signed by the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 49ers signed him as a back-up quarterback to Joe Montana in 1987. He succeeded Montana as the starter from 1991 until his retirement in 1999. In all, Young won three Super Bowl titles, two as a back-up and one as a starter, when he threw a record six touchdowns in a 49-26 victory over the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX.
Young continues to build a successful private equity company, HGGC, where he is currently Chairman, Co-Founder, and Partner. While being a Celebrity Ambassador with Children’s Miracle Network for almost 40 years, he is also Chairman of the Board for his Forever Young Foundation, lifting up underserved communities and children all over the world. Steve co-authored the New York Times best-selling book, QB: My Life Behind the Spiral and has just written and published his latest book The Law of Love.