QB: My Life Behind the Spiral

QB: My Life Behind the Spiral

by Steve Young, Jeff Benedict


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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 readers an unprecedented and stunning inside look at what it takes to become a super-elite professional quarterback.

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 was 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 an 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 against 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.  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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328745729
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 142,014
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

STEVE YOUNG  is regarded as one of the greatest college and pro football players of all time. After a stellar career at Brigham Young University, the left-handed quarterback played professionally for more than fifteen years in the NFL, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers. He received numerous accolades during his playing days, including being named 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, Young was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is one of the top-rated quarterbacks in NFL history. These days, in addition to his ongoing on-air work with ESPN’s Monday Night Football and his commitment to a number of charitable endeavors, Young is a managing director and cofounder of HGGC, a private equity fund based in San Francisco. As well as his undergraduate degree, Young also holds a law degree from BYU. He lives with his wife and family in Palo Alto.

Jeff Benedict  is an author, a special features writer for Sports Illustrated, and a television and film producer. His feature stories and essays have appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and in the pages of the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, as well as been the basis for segments on 60 Minutes, 20/20, 48 Hours, Good Morning America, and the Discovery Channel. He is a New York Times bestselling author who has written fifteen books on topics ranging from violence against women to a deadly E. coli outbreak to the discovery of a 10,000-year-0ld skeleton in North America.
Jeff’s most recent book – The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football – is being developed into a television drama by Starz. Jeff is a producer and writer for the series. Jeff is also an executive producer on the forthcoming motion picture film “Little Pink House,” starring Catherine Keener and Jeanne Tripplehorn. The movie is based on Jeff’s book by the same title.

Table of Contents

1 Head Games 1

2 Grit 15

3 Greenwich 19

4 Turning Point 34

5 Ten Thousand Spirals 42

6 Just Relax 58

7 Comparisons 67

8 All-American 77

9 The $40 Million Man 86

10 The Express 101

11 Running for My Life 111

12 Changing Places 121

13 Joe Montana's Shoes 126

14 Awkward 132

15 Quarterback Controversy 141

16 The Run 153

17 Missed Opportunity 159

18 Uncashed Checks 167

19 Times Are Changing 176

20 More Than a Feeling 183

21 Losing It 186

22 Blessing in Disguise 196

23 A Run-Pass Threat 208

24 MVP 212

25 Dallas 223

26 Going Deep 227

27 Sleepless in San Francisco 235

28 One Game at a Time 245

29 Keep the Faith 251

30 Reload 256

31 The Things That Bind 262

32 Fiery Leader 271

33 Super 276

34 Fame 281

35 Repeating Isn't Easy 285

36 60 Minutes 292

37 Pain 295

38 Relief 309

39 Let's Go 315

40 Staying Young 324

41 She Is Out There 328

42 The Catch II 332

43 The One 339

44 Over and Out 346

45 The Long Good-bye 355

Epilogue 363

Acknowledgments 368

Index 373

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QB: My Life Behind the Spiral 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As good a book as you will find on a truly great football player.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very exciting step by step account of some of the great football games. Honest and interesting. Wish more players ere like Steve Young.
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B-loNY More than 1 year ago
Tell all book regarding his anxiety condition inner spaced with game after game details.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If Steve Young wrote this you can bet that I will get it. He may be he greatest quarterback of all time.