QB: My Life Behind the Spiral

by Steve Young, Jeff Benedict

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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 were 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 and 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 agains 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 else. 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.

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Size6 x 9
PublishedHoughton Mifflin Harcourt 2016

About the Authors

Steve Young

Steve Young is a two-time NFL MVP, a Super Bowl MVP, and a first-ballot Hall of Famer. A key member of ESPN's weekly NFL coverage, Young hold undergraduate and law degrees from Brigham Young University. He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Jeff Benedict

Jeff Benedict is a New York Times best-selling author, a special features writer for Sports Illustrated, and a television and film producer. His books and stories have been the basis of feature films and segments on 60 Minutes, 20/20, HBO's Real Sports, the NFL Network, CBS Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, and 48 Hours. He lives with his family in Lyme, Connecticut.

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A great read for a non sports fan
By , Submitted on 2017-07-10

I don't follow sports, it's just a fact. However, after listening to Steve speak at a YSA Conference in Arizona he mentioned his biography and I ordered it. It was cool to follow him throughout his life and what he learned along the way. I gave the book as a gift after reading it

QB: My Life Behind The Spiral
By , Submitted on 2016-10-22

I bought QB for my son for his birthday because I thought the book sounded like a Great Book. And it is Fantastic!
Although I raised three sons who loved Sports especially football (and my husband loved it as well) I was never
very fond of football. But while teaching Seminary years ago I had watched a few firesides on BYUTV where Steve
Young was the speaker. I was very impressed by his Testimony of the Gospel and I felt that he was an Inspiring
Role Model for the youth of the Church and actually for all the book came I thought well I will read the
first chapter and just see how good it is. I finally put it down after reading 70 pages the first night! And then I began sharing with
Family and Friends about what an awesome book it is. I especially loved all the description of the actual playing of all
the games. I substituted in Early Morning Seminary last week and shared a couple of the special Spiritual Experiences
from his life. And there are many in the book. The way he was Blessed to handle the Trials and Anxiety in his life can help
so many people today of all ages. Thanks so much for sharing your life story from your earliest years in Life.
I know it will be both entertaining and healing to many. As the Holidays approach QB would be a fabulous Gift to Give
actually whether you are a Football Fan or not. Thanks to all who contributed in creating such an Inspiring Book.
I had always wondered how Steve Young and Truman Madsen became such close Friends and now I know about his visit
with Brother and Sister Madsen in the Holy Land.

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