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Steve Young was not expected to become one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. A devout Mormon, he had a perfect GPA in school, studied Latin and calculus, and was blessed with a photographic memory. His mother pleaded that he not play football. But Young was determined to become the next Roger Staubach.
QB tells the story of a boy with a gentle demeanor who overcame personal fears and his teammates' and coaches' indifference to reach the pinnacle of America's most violent game. Football was a test and a quest: listed eighth on the depth chart at Brigham Young University, Young was told he'd never play quarterback in college. He went on to endure intense media scrutiny as the highest-paid player in sports history before he ever stepped on the field as a professional. As a 49er, he went head-to-head with the legendary Joe Montana in what became the NFL's greatest quarterback controversy.
But Young's biggest hurdles were invisible to the public: the physical pain that comes with being an ordinary-size man in a league of giants; the loneliness of playing sixteen seasons as a bachelor; and an undiagnosed case of separation anxiety that made him dread getting out of bed and caused him to vomit in locker room bathrooms before games. Through sheer grit, Young put on a helmet week after week, season after season, leading his team to a Super Bowl championship, endearing himself to both the city of San Francisco and football fans everywhere.
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By Andrew Miller on 11-19-16
Uplifting and motivating
I've read several books on Steve young throughout the years. This is by far the Best! But it is much more than a book about a football player and a game. The struggles he had through his life with anxiety, overwhelming odds, discouragement, fear, etc. speak to everyone! You or someone you know is suffering with one or more of these trials right now and his story can help give courage and motivation to us all!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By J. Peter Glahn on 04-17-17
Fascinating Insight- Young Should Narrate Entirety
Would you consider the audio edition of QB to be better than the print version?
Not Necessarily but it was really well done. The audio version would be superior if Steve Young narrated the entire book and not just the first chapter. That first chapter was amazing.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Steve Young. I was impressed at his vulnerability and honesty. Knowing many people who suffer with anxiety, it was refreshing to see the struggles behind Steve Young's success.
Have you listened to any of Steve Young and George Newbern ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
"Life Behind the Spiral" serves two meanings. It's a pretty clever title. Maybe a movie title would be just "Spiral"
4 of 4 people found this review helpful