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 listeners an unprecedented and stunning inside look at what it takes to become a super-elite professional quarterback.
Steve Young was not expected to become one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. A devout Mormon, he had a perfect GPA in school, studied Latin and calculus, and was blessed with a photographic memory. His mother pleaded that he not play football. But Young was determined to become the next Roger Staubach.
QB tells the story of a boy with a gentle demeanor who overcame personal fears and his teammates' and coaches' indifference to reach the pinnacle of America's most violent game. Football was a test and a quest: listed eighth on the depth chart at Brigham Young University, Young was told he'd never play quarterback in college. He went on to endure intense media scrutiny as the highest-paid player in sports history before he ever stepped on the field as a professional. As a 49er, he went head-to-head with the legendary Joe Montana in what became the NFL's greatest quarterback controversy.
But Young's biggest hurdles were invisible to the public: the physical pain that comes with being an ordinary-size man in a league of giants; the loneliness of playing sixteen seasons as a bachelor; and an undiagnosed case of separation anxiety that made him dread getting out of bed and caused him to vomit in locker room bathrooms before games. Through sheer grit, Young put on a helmet week after week, season after season, leading his team to a Super Bowl championship, endearing himself to both the city of San Francisco and football fans everywhere.
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I've read several books on Steve young throughout the years. This is by far the Best! But it is much more than a book about a football player and a game. The struggles he had through his life with anxiety, overwhelming odds, discouragement, fear, etc. speak to everyone! You or someone you know is suffering with one or more of these trials right now and his story can help give courage and motivation to us all!
it's great. There were parts I felt got left out or maybe glossed over a bit. For example he never mentioned when his separation anxiety was overcome or left. It's kinda implied that it did, giving way to the anticipation anxiety. But I would have liked to know more. Anyway, is great as a fellow anxiety sufferer to read about such a public figure and hero battling with it as well. His duty is fascinating and should appeal to football fans, Mormons, and anyone looking for help with their anxiety or to help someone they know with it.
The audio producer should have done his homework and known when to have the narrator say things like "wack" instead of spelling "W A C".
This book was superb. Hands down my favorite autobiography. It kept me engaged the entire time and I was very impressed by Steve's openness to write about many different aspects of his life.
Some people I am extremely close to deal with anxiety and this book solidified my belief that anxiety is not something you can just easily "get over". It's a true condition people struggle with their entire life.
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