Pro Football Hall of Famer and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young is an NFL analyst for ESPN. He travels to Monday Night Football cities for Monday Night Countdown during the NFL season, and he also contributes 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 on select weeks 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, teaming with Chris Berman the first two Super Bowls and with Berman and analysts Michael Irvin and Tom Jackson in 2006. He was part of ESPN’s main set at Radio City Music Hall for the NFL Draft telecast for five years (2006-10).
Young has called MNF games on several occasions as part of ESPN’s season-opening doubleheader – in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2016.
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. As San Francisco’s starting quarterback, 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, as well as a two-time 4,000-yard passer (1993 and 1998) and the first quarterback to have 300 yards passing in six consecutive games. Young is also the only quarterback in league history to win four consecutive passing titles, and he is tied with Sammy Baugh for most all-time Passer Rating titles (six).
Young is also remembered for his exceptional footwork, which allowed him to make some of the most electrifying runs by a quarterback in NFL history, while rushing for 4,239 career yards and 43 rushing touchdowns. He retired with the highest career completion percentage (64.3%) and remains tied for most seasons leading the league in touchdown passes (four).
As a collegian, 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 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.