Hall of Fame Quarterback, Co-founder
and Managing Director of HGGC
After waiting eight seasons to become the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Steve Young emerged as one of the most popular, marketable and successful quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. Known for his exciting scrambles and his surgical precision throwing a football, the crafty lefty singlehandedly redefined the quarterback position in the NFL.
Hall of Fame
Mr. Young’s professional football career spanned more than fifteen years in the NFL, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers, where he received numerous accolades, including Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXIX, Sports Illustrated and Sporting News’ Player of the Year from 1992-1994, and the NFL’s Most Valuable Player for 1992 and 1994. In 2005, Mr. Young was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the first left-handed quarterback to be so honored. Mr. Young is also the highest-rated quarterback in NFL history and has the distinction of being the only signal caller in league annals to win four consecutive NFL passing titles. Young retired as the highest-rated quarterback in NFL history.
Young has taken an active role in improving the communities that impacted him the most – San Francisco, Utah & Arizona. Along with his wife, Barb, he founded and chairs the Forever Young Foundation (FYF), which is actively involved in children’s charities. In 2003, after years of inspired charity work, President Bush appointed Young as a member of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, working to inspire Americans to volunteer and make a difference in their communities.
Young has been a corporate spokesperson for high-profile companies such as Nike, Visa, Sun Microsystems, Sprint, Powerbar, and ICON Health & Fitness, and he has recently been profiled in a variety of publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Worth Magazine, Sports Illustrated, People, Inside Sports, and GQ.
Young is currently a Managing Director and Co-founder of HGGC. He is also a member of HGGC’s Policy and Investment Committee and Executive Committees. Prior to his tenure at HGGC, he was a co-founder and Managing Director of Sorenson Capital, a private equity fund which focused on middle market leveraged buyouts in the Western United States. Previously, he was a member in Northgate Capital, LLC, the general partner of Northgate Capital Partners, L.P., a fund of funds.
A versatile talent, Young is a licensed attorney, an acclaimed motivational speaker, has appeared on a variety of talk shows and has even dabbled in the acting world. He was the studio co-host of the Super Bowl XXXIV pre-game, half-time and post-game show on ABC. Steve has also written a children’s book entitled Forever Young.
He founded and chairs the Forever Young Foundation, which is actively involved in children’s charities worldwide and is currently the broadcast host as well as the former international spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network, which has raised over one billion dollars worldwide to benefit children’s hospitals.
Football Keynote Speaker Steve Young is currently an analyst for ESPN‘s Monday Night Football coverage. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he earned a J.D. degree from the College of Law as well as a B.S. in finance and political science.
Success from the School of Hard Knocks
A charismatic and inspiring speaker, Young shares with audiences the tools he has used to accomplish victories on and off the playing field. Stressing the value of teamwork, he uses humor and a wealth of anecdotes to prove that no goal is unreachable.
Performance Under Pressure
Steve Young has encountered seemingly insurmountable challenges at every step of his football career. Though under continuous pressure, Young never lost touch with his own identity. Whether scrambling to avoid the clutches of blitzing linebackers or trying to live up to impossible expectations placed on him by 49er fans, Young remained devoted to community, religion, and his fierce desire to succeed. Young’s focus and commitment shines through in this presentation in which he inspires audiences to be true to themselves and never let go of your dream.
Believe in Yourself and Your Team Will Believe in You
Former San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Steve Young shares his own personal experiences and the “life’s lessons” his experiences over the years have taught him–overcoming physical injury and emotional disappointment and taking pride in all of your achievements regardless of the reactions of others. He encourages audiences to persevere through the rough times and realize that it takes a team effort to be successful.
Executing Explosive Offense
Get Off the Bench, Be a Starter
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Everything went perfectly today! Steve's message was on point. He pulled in our meeting theme incredibly well. Really happy with the entire experience. He also made himself available to anyone who wanted his picture taken. Thank you. He was everything we hoped he would be. Please extend to him my thanks and appreciation.
- | VP of Strategic Marketing, Sonepar USA