Steve Young 22” x 28” ink and acrylic on newsprint (Old
Sporting News, magazines, books, etc) about the NFL and San Francisco
49ers. Image of the 49ers’s great left-handed
quarterback Steve Young.. Newsprint
attached to ¾” stretched canvas. To view paintings for sale please visit: John Robertson Sports Paintings for sale
Left-handed quarterback Steve Young in the National Football
League (NFL) for fourteen seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. He is 6-2, 205 lbs and played from 1985-1986 for the Tampa
1987-1999 San Francisco 49ers.
To me, one of the interesting aspects of Steve Young is that
he is a left-handed quarterback - obvious in my painting of Steve Young. I find
that interesting because I am also left-handed and aware of other lefties. It was reported (just kidding Steve)) that when Steve Young
first picked up a football he asked if it was a left-handed one.
What I had not considered is that being a left-handed
quarterback puts more of a burden on the right tackle as he has to protect the
blind side of the left-handed quarterback (something the right tackle probably
didn’t get much practice at in college)
As it is the left tackle for a right-handed quarterback who is
protecting the blind side of the normally right-handed quarterback. This is why (generally) a left tackle makes
more money than the right tackle – because he is protecting a right-handed
quarterback – protecting that blind spot.
There are only a couple of left-handed quarterbacks playing
now. And the question arises, why not more?
The retired quarterback Phil Simms has an interesting theory "There's no conspiracy against left-handed quarterbacks
or anything," he says.. "They're just all playing baseball now.
They're all pitchers, making much more money in a different sport. It starts at
a young age, too. Once the coaches see a lefty with a big arm, they turn him
into a pitcher. Percentage-wise, you see far more left-handed pitchers in
baseball than you see left-handed quarterbacks in football."
During his NFL career, Steve Young the left-hander threw for
3,000 or more yards six times and had 20 or more touchdown passes in a season
five times, and posted a passer rating of 100 or higher six times. Aside from his passing ability, Young was a
constant threat as a runner. He ran for
4,239 yards and scored 43 rushing touchdowns. –
Young was named the MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the NFL
twice in 1992 and 1994, and the MVP of Super Bowl XXIX. All-Pro four times and
named seven times to the Pro Bowl. Young also won a record six NFL passer
Young is also 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 who have thrown at least 1,500
passing attempts (96.8), and is currently ranked third. He is also still ranked
highest amongst retired players.
Funny story Steve Young told at his induction speech to theFootball Hall of Fame.
“Ironically it was my mom who kicked off my football career
with a bang as she charged the field when I was 8 years old. She was upset that
another kid had neck tackled me and knocked the wind out of me. She knew that
neck tackling was illegal and since no penalty was called she felt it
imperative to rush the field and help her little boy. I was scared to death as
I saw her sprinting across the field, with good speed I might add, assuming she
was coming to give me a kiss or something. Imagine the visual: late 1960's—20's
aged woman, lady, in a dress, on a football field, purse on her shoulder, big
sunglasses, high-heeled shoes aerating the field. In horror, she passed by me
and grabbed the kid from the other team. Adrenaline pumping, she picked up the
boy by the shoulder pads and told him that the hit was illegal and that he
better not do it again! Mom, now you know why we never gave you any field level
tickets over the last 17 years. My greatest cheerleader.“
Here is an interesting comment by Steve Young about his
seven concussions he suffered before retiring in 1999. The interview was on PBS FRONTLINE
. Young told FRONTLINE he worries about the
toll that routine head hits are taking on linemen and running backs. This is
the edited transcript of an interview conducted with FRONTLINE’s Jim Gilmore on
March 27, 2013.
Jim Gilmore: “One last thing on the way you played and
stuff, and it says something about the intensity of how players play. Your rep
was always that you would refuse to be taken out of the game, that you would be
basically ready to go back, sort of hide from the coach and whatever and be
ready to go back on the field before a replacement or anything else.”
Gilmore: “What was
that all about?”
Young: “I think
that's the nature of the game, too. It demands all of you. And the culture is
that you can play hurt; you can play wounded. And the culture is that you can
get through all. Guys did it all the time, so that's the hard part.
And that's what, as we get into concussions, that's the
nefarious nature of concussions, because you can have a bad knee and the doctor
looks at it and they watch you run and everyone has 100 percent knowledge. You
might say, "Oh, I feel this way." If you can run, if they can tape it
up and you can go, then you can [play], and the doctor can see stability. We
know what we're dealing with, and now we can kind of generally take a pretty
good assumption of the risk.
As a player, that's why concussions are so difficult,
because even the experts, even the people that you say, "OK, am I
OK?" "I don't know. How do you feel?" You know, it's a really
In conclusion one of his quotes sums ujp how he felt about
playing the game. Steve Young, -“It
was a lot of fun. I love coming out here to play. I had a couple of tackles.”