STEVE YOUNG QUOTES

professional football player (1961- )

I always felt like hanging around the pocket was trouble, but the truth is, the great players take the beatings in the pocket and expose themselves -- and that is the real risk.

STEVE YOUNG, interview, Niners Nation, Apr. 28, 2014

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The truth is, you will never re-create third and 10, down by four, at Texas Stadium, in the fourth quarter, don't try.

STEVE YOUNG, interview, Niners Nation, Apr. 28, 2014

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The principle is competing against yourself. It's about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.

STEVE YOUNG, attributed, Get Motivated!: Daily Psych-Ups

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Tags: competition


Perception is reality. If you are perceived to be something, you might as well be it because that's the truth in people's minds.

STEVE YOUNG, episode 17, America's Game

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I'm trying to think of the number of championship games that we were in and that I was in, and I honestly lose track. It was like, have I been in four or five? Was it before I got there in '87, had they been in three or four? I don't mean to be flippant at all. I'm literally not sure how many championship games --? I know how many we won, that's easy, but how many we lost, they are bitter.

STEVE YOUNG, "49ers Hot Read", Mercury News, Jan. 18, 2012

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Tags: losing


The game has changed. You can't go into a ballgame saying, hey, we have a great defense and we'll win 17-10. Those days, I think, are generally over, except if the Ravens play the Jets.

STEVE YOUNG, "49ers Hot Read", Mercury News, Jan. 18, 2012

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There's a lot of people in the league that would rather break the union.... They feel like [officiating] is a commodity, but more importantly, everything about the NFL now is inelastic for demand. There's nothing [the league] can do to hurt the demand for the game. So, the bottom line is they don't care. Player safety? Doesn't matter in this case. Bringing in Division III officials? Doesn't matter. Because in the end, you're still going to watch the game.

STEVE YOUNG, USA Today, Sep. 18, 2012

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When you play quarterback in San Francisco, not much goes under the radar.

STEVE YOUNG, "Steve Young Exclusive: Fashionable Hall of Famer Talks 49ers of Then and Now", Bleacher Report, Apr. 26, 2014

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I like to, in the playoffs, I like to take a body of work in the last month. I just don't care what happened in September because I don't think it's really relevant.

STEVE YOUNG, "49ers Hot Read", Mercury News, Jan. 18, 2012

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First of all, I wish everyone who loved football could stand in the quarterback's shoes just for a play, because I think it would be tremendously humbling to anyone who loved the game to say, "I didn't -- I had no idea." You can think about what it would be like, and the cameras are getting better at giving that perspective, that one that the skycam comes down and you get a sense of it, but you just -- you don't know.

STEVE YOUNG, interview, Frontline, Mar. 27, 2013

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The sport assassin: You know I use it as a metaphor, not to cause any problems. You have to have that part of your personality. I've always joked that Peyton is a nice guy and comes off as a nice guy. And if the situation on the field is, yeah, really nice guy but then you walk away and you're dripping blood, like you don't know how it happened, like the knife is so sharp, because he's that kind of a guy; over my dead body is this not going to go down this way.

STEVE YOUNG, "49ers Hot Read", Mercury News, Jan. 18, 2012

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We had two field goals and a touchdown and they had five field goals. So ... for us, to lose to a team kicking five field goals was like --? that was an extra slap in the face. It was like, it was the Giants, No. 1. No. 2, it was our three-peat. No. 3, we fumbled with it kind of in our hands. And we got beat by five field goals. It was rough to say the least.

STEVE YOUNG, "49ers Hot Read", Mercury News, Jan. 18, 2012

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My goal--and this is kind of my own little secret--but when I get married, just to head out and finish football and, and, and be a missionary around the world. Places where Steve Young--not that it's big really that many places--but places where they have no idea about football.

STEVE YOUNG, 60 Minutes, Apr. 7, 1996

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A running quarterback, to me, is safer. Because, once I got out [of the pocket], I didnít run where there were a lot of people. I ran where there was nobody.

STEVE YOUNG, interview, Niners Nation, Apr. 28, 2014

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Fundamentally, if the league is going to have a no-tolerance policy for domestic abuse, if we're going to be a global organization that's going to have this as a perspective, we've got to back it up. We can't be backed into it with a video with more coming out. We've got to take an affirmative stance about it.

STEVE YOUNG, Press Democrat, Sep. 8, 2014

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That's the nefarious nature of concussions, because you can have a bad knee and the doctor looks at it and they watch you run and everyone has 100 percent knowledge. You might say, "Oh, I feel this way." If you can run, if they can tape it up and you can go, then you can [play], and the doctor can see stability. We know what we're dealing with, and now we can kind of generally take a pretty good assumption of the risk. As a player, that's why concussions are so difficult, because even the experts, even the people that you say, "OK, am I OK?" "I don't know. How do you feel?" You know, it's a really tough one.

STEVE YOUNG, interview, Frontline, Mar. 27, 2013

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