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Steve Young Met His Model Wife on a Blind Date
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NFL great and San Francisco 49ers legendary quarterback Steve Young‘s career is synonymous with success.

The Salt Lake City, Utah native won three Super Bowls at the helm of the 49ers offense, having stepped into the role vacated by fellow 49ers folklore hero, Joe Montana.

Despite all the success he saw on the field, it wasn’t until the end of his career as an NFL quarterback that Young accomplished his off-field goal of finding love and settling down.

Early Life and College Career

Steve Young was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the great-great-great-grandson of Brigham Young, who was the second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Naturally, Young is a practicing Mormon.

He attended high school in the affluent area of Greenwich, Connecticut, where he impressed as a multi-sport athlete. Young opted to pursue football and attend Brigham Young University, where he’d play quarterback and simultaneously earn a law degree.

While at BYU, Young threw 56 touchdown passes en route to being selected as the first-overall pick in the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft.

He was also drafted first overall in the United States Football League Draft by the Los Angeles Express, signing a 10-year contract (which he eventually bought out) with the team before the USFL became defunct in 1986.

NFL Career

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Young was the first pick in the Supplemental Draft of 1984, joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he’d play his first two NFL seasons. He started 19 games for the Buccaneers but held a record of just 3-16.

The 49ers seemed to think he’d done enough to warrant another shot in the league, and he joined the team in a backup capacity in 1987, serving behind Montana. He spent five seasons as the heir apparent to Montana before finally taking over the as the every day starter in 1991.

Young proceeded to make seven Pro Bowls and three First Team All-Pro selections after becoming the starter, leading the Niners to a Super Bowl victory in 1994 against the San Diego Chargers. He won NFL MVP in 1992 and 1994. His other two championships came in 1988 and 1989 when he was still the second-string QB.

Young retired from football after the 1999 season at age 39, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

His father, LeGrande “Grit” Young gave his induction speech.

Steve Young’s Wife & Kids

Steve Young was single throughout most of his NFL career, and ended up meeting his wife shortly after retiring. Young met Barbara Graham on a blind date which was set up by mutual friends.

The pair hit it off and married in Kona, Hawaii in 2000.

Together, Steve and Barbara have four children: sons Jackson and Braden, and daughter Summer. Details of their second daughter aren’t publicly known. Much like Steve, his wife Barbara is a member of the Mormon church.

Barb is a former model who attended Arizona State University. (Editor’s note: Barbara reportedly attended the University of Arizona, but other sites indicate she went to ASU.)

Following her modeling career, she began to work in public relations.

Young wrote an autobiography, QB: My Life Behind the Spiral, which details his personal life with his family, and offers a glimpse into the non-football player version of Steve Young.

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Steve Young Net Worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, the Bay Area legend Young boasts an estimated net worth of a staggering $200 million through his playing career and ventures in business.

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Karl Rasmussen is a sports writer living in Brooklyn, NY. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon and is an avid fan of the Oregon Ducks, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Yankees and New York Jets.
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