GREENWICH, Conn. -- Happy birthday to Greenwich’s Steve Young!
Young, who grew up in Greenwich, turns 53 on Saturday. The football player was born Oct. 11, 1961, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Young played college football for Brigham Young University and professionally for the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League, as well as for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers. He was a quarterback for 14 seasons during the 1980s and 1990s.
He was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1992 and 1994, and was the MVP of Super Bowl XXIX.
He was ranked 63red on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players in 1999.
He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. At the time of his retirement, he had the highest passer rating among NFL quarterbacks and is currently ranked third.
He is also still ranked highest among retired players and also won a record six NFL passer rating titles.
He was one of several notable BYU athletes and coaches who appeared in the school's 2011 "Real Cougar" advertising campaign.
He serves as a national adviser to ASCEND: A Humanitarian Alliance, a nonprofit organization, and founded the charitable Forever Young Foundation, which serves children facing significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges by providing academic, athletic, and therapeutic opportunities.
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