Everything you do in life is up to you. Part of life is realizing you have much more potential and ability than you'd ever know, but it's up to you to face the fears and unleash that which really drives you.

— Steve Young

The most delightful Steve Young quotes that are free to learn and impress others

Perception is reality. If you are perceived to be something, you might as well be it because that's the truth in people's minds.

18

My dad, like any coach, has always stressed the fundamentals.

He taught me responsibility, accountability, and the importance of hard work.

18

I always felt like hanging around the pocket was trouble, but the truth is, the great players take the beatings in the pocket and expose themselves -- and that is the real risk.

16

Fundamentally, if the league is going to have a no-tolerance policy for domestic abuse, if we're going to be a global organization that's going to have this as a perspective, we've got to back it up. We can't be backed into it with a video with more coming out. We have to make an affirmative stand on it.

7

A running quarterback, to me, is safer.

Because, once I got out [of the pocket], I didn?t run where there were a lot of people. I ran where there was nobody.

6

My goal--and this is kind of my own little secret--but when I get married, just to head out and finish football and, and, and be a missionary around the world. Places where Steve Young--not that it's big really that many places--but places where they have no idea about football.

6

I was a young folk singer, or wanted to be.

I really wanted to be a New England folk singer, but they never would accept me. I was always hard to categorize, and people wouldn't know what to make of it.

4

The principle is competing against yourself.

4

I was made to go to church and I heard the gospel songs, and every now then somebody would come through with a guitar and that was a thrill!

3

When you're an elite athlete, it's a very special moment in time and you don't want it to end.

3

There are a lot of guys kind of on the bubble that can either be that sort who turn into journeyman kind of guys that will find a new spot or guys that can make a claim to be in one place for a long time. You can name a lot of names this year, an unusual number. And I think that most of them will be OK.

3

I may yet move [from Nashville], and where would I move if not Texas or New Mexico? I couldn't afford a home in California. I need to travel out of there occasionally.

3

About Steve Young

Quotes 54 sayings
Profession Football player
Birthday October 16

The wins and losses are over for Rice, the football player, who leaves with 38 NFL records. He was the easiest guy in the world to throw the football to, ... You always knew where he was headed.

3

I had admired Waylon [ Jennings], but I never expected to meet him and get to know him. When I finally moved to Nashville years later, one night I went to a Harlan Howard Guitar Pull thing, and there was Waylon. He started talking about how much he loved my work and how great I was, and I couldn't even get a word in.

1

If I wasn't so lazy, or if I had a roadie, I'd have a line of guitars on stage.

I'd have a lap steel and a nylon string up there, but who wants to keep up with all that?

0

Gibson ES 125 was a real instrument, this was in 1956.

I started learning; I had a vision of a sound.

0

The principle is competing against yourself.

It's about self improvement, about being better than you were the day before.

0

I heard black people sing and the emotion was overwhelming to me.

The power of that with all the built in sorrow and joy was just overwhelming to me as a little kid. It was the real deal.

0

I didn't have the self-promotion instinct, and I just didn't care about it.

I sort of had a "beat" attitude.

0

First of all, I wish everyone who loved football could stand in the quarterback's shoes just for a play, because I think it would be tremendously humbling to anyone who loved the game to say, "I didn't -- I had no idea." You can think about what it would be like, and the cameras are getting better at giving that perspective, that one that the skycam comes down and you get a sense of it, but you just -- you don't know.

0

I had a guy who went out of way to help me get started and somehow saw something in me. I couldn't get my hands on a real guitar till I was fourteen. I always wanted one from the time I was a tiny kid. Music was bigger than life to me.

0

One of the things that benefited me that anyone can learn is classical technique. That shows the orchestra that exists within the instrument.

0

I grew up wanting a guitar, my family was very poor.

When I was fourteen my mother bought me a Gibson ES 125 thin body. That was a bunch of money in those days - $125.00.

0

In medieval times, artists had patrons that supported them and this is a similar thing, ... We're basically saying, 'Wouldn't you like to be a part of this'

0

Josh Graves laid down the dobro on that song [The White Trash Song] and he was hot. We went on the road together and we'd get drunker'n hell every night! I haven't had a drink since November, 1979. And I like it.

0

When you play quarterback in San Francisco, not much goes under the radar.

0

I really wanted a guitar. As A little boy I used to tell people I was going to be a musician. They would humor me, and I'd make up thirty minute songs and drive them nuts.

0

I'd rather work with guys that have time to live with you, and let it gel.

0

I'm playing a D-28 Martin that I've had about 20 years or so.

I've got a '51 Martin and I thought I shouldn't be taking this on the road. So I went down to Gruhn Guitars in Nashville and kind of traded around and ended up with this one. This guitar sounded pretty good as new guitar.

0

The song [The White Trash Song] was not a put down of [ my country cousins ], but a celebration. I wrote that early on, as a teenager.

0

I was known to spout off about [ politics and religion] sometimes, especially in my drinkin' days! It was pretty dangerous actually.

0

I've refined it since [ was living in Beaumont, Texas], but I was just obsessed with the guitar. I remember one day sitting in class and it just came to me how the neck worked. I was enlightened to the scales, and the runs. I just saw it and thought; now I understand it!

0

Brett Favre plays for championships. That's the only reason he puts up with all of this stuff. He's going to start to figure out, if it's true, that the Packers are not going to be competing for championships. The moment that comes into his heart - oh my gosh, the Packers are not going to be able to make it - that's the day he retires. It won't take much once he realizes that's where the Packers are going.

0

I did admire the comments and the music of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.

And that didn't fly too well in the Deep South. It was not quite redneck enough.

0

All I cared about was the music, like hearing Townes [ Van Zandt] talking about "For the sake of the song"; it's all that mattered. In spite of me a couple of things happened, mainly the Eagles and Seven Bridges Road. That certainly helped me survive. Joan Baez, Rita Coolidge, and Ian Matthews did it.

0

Music saved my life a few times because I could play the stuff rednecks loved.

They thought I was great and they wondered why I didn't do that all the time.

0

James Burton was playing some pure roots stuff.

Gram Parsons took an interest in that record [in '68-'69] and he admired it. I never had the concept that I'm going to go somewhere and I'm going to have this career. I just really never thought about all that.

0

No one can keep their word. Everyone's in hurry and jumping to the next opportunity. There's something missing.

0

My favorite record I've ever done is Rock Salt and Nails.

It was recorded in '68-'69 and released in '69. There's something about that record I really like.

0

The end is here, and you don't want be here.

You are the best in the world at something, and you know you are not going to be that great at anything else.

0

I was always drawn to the roots music, bluegrass, blues, early rock - Sun Records, Elvis [Presley]. And I still love that music to this day. Memphis never gets the credit. It's much more musically rich than Nashville ever will be. Nashville manufactured that hokey-hillbilly image way back.

0

I have somewhat [Taylor's or Gallagher's guitars], but I like the power of the Martins.

0

51 Martin [guitar] sounded pretty good as new guitar.

Martin has several levels of guitars now, and this one is pretty good.

0

I always had a hard time with Nashville.

I reluctantly live there. I've mellowed, and it's improved some, in the fact it has more immigrants. There's some real Mexicans there, some folks from India, some of this and that. I'm not satisfied at all with living there. It's a dilemma for me.

0

I notice guys playing the piano playing a part up here and a part down there, and I wandered why couldn't I do that on the guitar?

0

If I was an actor, it would be like a part that was me.

It has to be real to me. I have to make it mine. I really enjoy taking a song I feel that way about, and sometimes it can take a long time to come up with just the right touch. I think that's really my greatest talent, interpreting.

0

I was born and grew up in the Deep South, and I must say it wasn't easy for me.

I always marched to a drummer, I had different views about politics and religion and I had them relatively young.

0

My playing style is very eccentric and mostly self taught.

0

I will be a missionary in a remote village at some point.

0