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QB: My Life Behind the Spiral (Hardcover)
In the most candid and compelling sports memoir since Andre Agassi’s riveting bestseller Open, former San Francisco 49er, Super Bowl champion, NFL MVP, and Hall of Famer Steve Young gives readers an unprecedented and stunning inside look at what it takes to become a super-elite professional quarterback.
Steve Young produced some of the most memorable moments in NFL history. “The Run” – his electrifying 49-yard game-winning touchdown against Minnesota. “The Catch II” – his last-second touchdown strike to Terrell Owens to beat Green Bay in the playoffs. Then there was his record-setting, six touchdown passes in Super Bowl XXIX.
But Young’s most impressive victories were personal ones that were won off the field when no one was watching. QB is a remarkably revealing memoir of an athletically gifted Mormon boy with a 4.0 GPA, a photographic memory, and a severe case of childhood separation anxiety. At the same time, Young was absolutely fearless – and unstoppable -- whenever he had a ball in his hands.
As an eighth string quarterback at BYU, Young persevered through homesickness and a coach who said he’d never make it as a quarterback because he was a lefty who couldn’t throw. Determined to prove his coach wrong, Young became an All-American, finished second in the Heisman voting, and was the top draft choice coming out of college. After signing the largest contract in sports history, he was so overwhelmed by impossible expectations that he nearly walked away from football to become a lawyer. Instead, he ended up in San Francisco, pitted against Joe Montana in what became the greatest quarterback controversy in league history.
Young’s quest – both in football and in life – was always more about grit than anything. His “get it done” mentality brought MVP awards and Super Bowl championships to San Francisco. As an author, he gives readers the sense of being inside his helmet while he runs through opponents both on and off the field.
About the Author
STEVE YOUNG is regarded as one of the greatest college and pro football players of all time. After a stellar career at Brigham Young University, the left-handed quarterback played professionally for more than fifteen years in the NFL, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers. He received numerous accolades during his playing days, including being named Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXIX, Sports Illustrated and Sporting News Player of the Year from 1992–1994, and the NFL's Most Valuable Player for 1992 and 1994. In 2005, Young was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is one of the top-rated quarterbacks in NFL history. These days, in addition to his ongoing on-air work with ESPN’s Monday Night Football and his commitment to a number of charitable endeavors, Young is a managing director and cofounder of HGGC, a private equity fund based in San Francisco. As well as his undergraduate degree, Young also holds a law degree from BYU. He lives with his wife and family in Palo Alto.
Jeff’s most recent book—The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football—is being developed into a television drama by Starz. Jeff is a producer and writer for the series. Jeff is also an executive producer on the forthcoming motion picture film Little Pink House, starring Catherine Keener and Jeanne Tripplehorn. The movie is based on Jeff’s book by the same title.
“All football fans know what a tremendously talented and successful quarterback Steve Young was in his NFL career. But what they don’t know about are the challenges and personal obstacles Steve had to overcome to make his dreams come true. This is a most exciting and compelling story.” – Roger Staubach
"There has never been a QB like Steve Young, and there has never been a football memoir quite like QB: A Life. Young's battles with anxiety make you forget you are reading about a Hall of Famer, and make you root for him at every turn. This is a revealing, honest, compelling book that any fan will enjoy." -- Michael Rosenberg, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated
"Steve was not just another Hall of Fame QB - he was extraordinary in every facet of life. His passion, preparation, and attention to detail is so vivid you feel as though this "QB" has put you right in the middle of a huddle of life. I've never read a football book with more honesty and integrity - it's typical Steve. What a quarterback! What a man!" -- Jim Nantz, CBS Sports
“Steve Young’s scrambling, pinpoint passing, and perseverance helped make him an NFL Hall of Fame quarterback. He wowed us every Sunday. Until reading QB, though, I had no idea about the personal mountains he had to climb to make his dreams come true. This is a most memorable story for all fans.” – Chris Berman, ESPN
"Steve Young's QB: My Life Behind the Spiral reads like he used to play: with fearlessness, creativity and accomplishment. This is not a typical, self-serving athlete autobiography. Young is unflinchingly honest in detailing his battles with anxiety, serving as role model for far more than just staring down a fourth quarter blitz. It's a remarkable read." --Dan Wetzel, National Columnist, Yahoo! Sports
“This book is a terrific read.” --Jim Rome
“I couldn’t put it down.” --Brian Kilmeade
"The rare sports book in which the heretofore pristine hero admits to some legitimate human scars. I covered Young a lot in my life, and I never knew so much of what he went through. [This] book is gold.” --Peter King
“A candidly told, compelling, inspiring story that will enthrall even those who are not ardent football fans. It takes readers right into the huddle. The reader absorbs the sweat and pain, the exhilaration and tension.” --San Jose Mercury News
“Details his great football life …a remarkable story. An amazing saga.” --Mike Francesa
"Steve Young could endure hellacious on-field beatings, but one opponent made him weepy, nauseous and reluctant to get out of bed: anxiety...Even after he was voted the NFL's MVP, Young's performance anxiety spiked to nearly crushing levels, making him wonder if he'd survive certain seasons as he tried to replace Joe Montana....Young's gift for football, what he was seemingly made to do, could also make him physically ill...He is free [now], but realizes others are in the midst of the type of crisis he endured 23 years ago...For those,...his book is a gift from someone who truly understands." --Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle
"It would be just about impossible to make up Young's story of going from an eighth-string quarterback as a BYU freshman to the MVP of the NFL and then a first-ballot Hall of Famer. His book covers that football journey thoroughly, while also hitting all the life in between....QB succeeds in capturing a remarkable life, in and out of football." - Kurt Kragthorpe, The Salt Lake Tribune