MY LIFE BEHIND THE SPIRAL - Steve Young
An autobiography written in 2017
The BUCPOWER.COM review
Steve Young went on to become a Hall of Fame QB and Super Bowl MVP with the 49ers
but of course started his NFL career with the Buccaneers in the very worst of their years.
So the chapters dealing with his time in Tampa are going to be of interest to any
Which they are. The stories of the attitude of the players under Leeman Bennett in 1985
and 1986, the famous Snow Bowl and his one completed pass to a wide receiver, a story
that Kevin House had also told me about. And his ultimate trade to the 49ers for two draft
picks and a pile of cash for owner Hugh Culverhouse.
The rest of the book is very strange at times. Stories about being in the USFL and then
backing up Joe Montana are all well and good but Young spends page after page
reflecting about his struggles to find a wife and his Mormon religion. OK it is his book and
his choice. And it was mine to try and forget about all of those as quickly as possible.
In short it is worth getting for the Buccaneer sections alone but do not expect to be
overwhelmed by the rest of the 380+ pages.
"Steve Young is a hero of mine, and his story is a source of inspiration for me. His
perseverance, intelligence, and, most of all, grace under pressure NFL-style, make this
book a fascinating read. Thanks, Steve, for sharing your story with one of your biggest fans!" --Tom Brady
"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