Legendary NFL quarterback Steve Young joined Fox & Friends Tuesday to discuss the release of his new memoir, “My Life Behind The Spiral.” The Hall of Fame quarterback also revealed a surprising detail included in his book when he seriously considered quitting football.
Young wanted to quit when he was playing football at BYU where he was low on the depth chart and they were considering putting him on defense. But Young’s father told him if he quit he couldn’t come home. “I don’t live with quitters,” Young recalled his father saying to him. “And he was serious too by the way.”
“If he would have said ‘Hey Steve, I totally think that, you know, things aren’t going well and yeah you should come home,’ I would have packed my bags and gone home, if he would have said it was okay.”
“My dad and my mom, at different times, were just such north stars for me,” Young said of his parents influence on him.
Before Steve talked about his parents, his career and his book he offered some comments regarding the current San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.
“Everybody kind of understands that you have a right, you know, in America to do that,” Young said. “I think more than anything through the weeks, it’s been kind of a referendum for each of us, our deep and abiding feelings for the anthem and the flag. And I think that’s a reminder of how much it means to us.”
“In many ways the reason why he has the right to do it is because of all the great things that America is. And so, I understand that and recognize that,” Young admitted, “but more that anything for me the idea that to honor the flag and honor the anthem is a big deal.”
Young co-authored his new book based on his own memoirs with author Jeff Benedict.