Co-Founder / NFL Hall of Fame QB
Team Nation co-founder Steve Young built his fame as the record-setting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers but he is also a licensed attorney, an acclaimed motivational speaker, a sought-after corporate spokesperson, a supporter of numerous charities and foundations and–most importantly–a dedicated husband and a proud, doting dad.
Young played 15 seasons in the pros, first with the USFL’s Los Angeles Express and then the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers before signing with the 49ers as Joe Montana’s back-up in 1987. During his career in the Bay Area, he won three Super Bowl titles–two as back-up and one as a starter–including a record six TD performance in a 49-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX that earned him the game’s MVP Award. When Young retired after the 1999 season, his resume included being the highest-rated QB in NFL history, two league MVP Awards (1992 and 1994) and the renown of being the only signal caller in league annals to win four consecutive passing titles. In recent years, he has been the studio co-host of the Super Bowl pre-game, half time and post-game show on ABC, as well as a popular studio analyst on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown TV series. Young, one of the most accurate passers in league history, was named All-Pro in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1998 and earned All-NFC honors three times. The two-time league MVP also was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times.
Young’s charitable contributions are vast. He founded and chairs the Forever Young Foundation (FYF), which is actively involved in children’s charities nationwide. FYF has focused on a project in two Children’s Hospitals. Both The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University and Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City are the recipients of new, state of the art, interactive recreational-therapy rooms called Forever Young Zones. Additionally, FYF teamed up with NFL Charities to provide state of the art technology rooms for the Youth Education Towns (YET Centers) across the country.
Young was also active with the Salt lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, excelling as the Medals Plaza Volunteer Chairperson, and managing over 25,000 volunteers during the Olympics. In 2003, Steve was appointed by President Bush as a member of the then newly formed President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, working to inspire Americans to volunteer and make a difference in their communities.