He led the 49ers to a 13-3 record and won the NFL MVP Award for the second time in 1994 — which was also the year he graduated from law school. Steve Young is recognized as one of America's most notable football stars, but few know that he is also a lawyer. Though he has never practiced law, he has used his acquired skills and natural talents for good as an influential sports role model, entrepreneur, and humanitarian.
Young's father was a corporate counsel attorney
, which, after many curious childhood visits to his father's office, influenced his decision to pursue a law degree
in graduate school.
"I think there was a natural affinity to become a lawyer," Young says. "With my dad being a lawyer, in my mind, I think, I was always going to go to law school."
After completing an athletically and academically successful high school career
, Young went on to attend Brigham Young University (BYU) and made it onto the school's football team. (By the way, the school is named after Young's great-great-great-grandfather Brigham Young, who was the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.) Young's first two years on the team were more of a struggle for him, so he began to focus his professional sights on law school...until things turned around for him later in his college career.
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