Steve Young is best known as the former quarterback (QB) for the San Francisco 49ers with an outstanding career that lasted over fifteen years. Young's claim to fame on the gridiron include the honor of being the highest-rated quarterback in National Football League (NFL) history, Super Bowl XXIX's Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the NFL's MVP in 1992 and 1994. Young has also set NFL history by being the only QB to have won four consecutive passing titles, the only QB to post four consecutive seasons with a QB rating of above 100, and the only QB to post six consecutive 300-yard plus passing games. Because of his exceptional talent he was selected to participate in the Pro Bowl for seven consecutive years.
Young's love of football began as a toddler. By high school, his incredible speed often found him playing running back instead of QB. He went on to attend and set collegiate records at Brigham Young University (BYU), the school his great, great, great-grandson founded. He was a consensus All-American and a Heisman Trophy runner-up. In 1983, he was a first round draft pick, selected by the now defunct United States Football League. After two seasons, he was released from his contract and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The San Francisco 49ers signed him as a back up QB in 1987 and from 1991 until he retired in 2000, he was their starter.
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, making both The Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University and Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City the recipients of new, state of the art, interactive recreational-therapy rooms called Forever Young Zones. These rooms are created with the intent to provide tools for exercising the imagination of children who find themselves away from home and are 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. 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 has also written a children's book entitled Forever Young.
Young has been a corporate spokesperson for high-profile companies such as Visa, Nike, Sprint, PowerBar, ICON Health & Fitness, and Sun Microsystems. He is the Chairman of the Board for Found, Inc.; an Internet technology company that integrates retail stores with the Internet. Additionally, Young sits on the board of Foundry Networks and is a partner in University Technology Ventures. He is currently a studio analyst for ESPN's NFL Countdown.