Steve and Barbara Graham Young
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He was a professional football player at the height of his NFL career. She was a former model who graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State.
It's the story of a beautiful, powerhouse couple—but one that spent years in the making. Steve Young first met Barbara Graham in the early 1990s through a mutual friend, and the two remained in touch. However, it would be years before the two went on their first date—in fact, a blind date.
I guess sometimes it takes fate and a few friends to help you see what's right in front of your eyes.
Growing up, Young was a shy, anxious kid, and he carried many of those insecurities with him into his adult life. "I want you to know that in many ways, one of the most challenging things to do in this world is to keep the faith as a single member of the Church," he told young single adults at a fireside. "I lived that for a very, very long time . . . and I'm grateful for that challenge."
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But, at the age of 38, Young's waiting and challenges as a single saint came to an end, and his "new, interesting, beautiful, eternal challenge" began with Barbara at the Hawaii Temple on March 14, 2000, something he said required "an immediate turn to selflessness." But, now the parents of two sons and two daughters, the two would agree that all the sacrifice was worth it.
Learn more about Steve Young's life and how he found his wife in QB: My Life Behind the Spiral.
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 were 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.