Thursday Sept. 25, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers will retire
Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young's No. 8 jersey in a halftime
ceremony during their game against New England on Oct. 5.
Young is a two-time league MVP who led San Francisco to its
fifth NFL title in the 1995 Super Bowl, winning the game's MVP
award with a record six touchdown passes. He spent parts of 13
seasons with the 49ers, finishing his NFL career with 33,124 yards
passing and 232 TD passes.
"Steve Young is an important part of the 49ers' history and
tradition," team owner John York said Thursday. "He combined
talent, character and a tremendous work ethic to become an
incomparable performer and champion on the field. He was a model
professional, and he influenced many of the younger players with
After claiming the 49ers' starting job from Joe Montana in 1991,
Young was selected to seven consecutive Pro Bowls while compiling a
96.8 career passer rating, the highest in NFL history. He was
enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
Young will be the 11th player to have his number retired by the
49ers, joining fellow quarterbacks Montana and John Brodie. Safety
Ronnie Lott was the most recent player to join the list in 2003.
Jerry Rice, Young's favorite target and the most prolific receiver in NFL history, hasn't had his No. 80 retired yet, but no players have worn it -- not even new receiver Isaac Bruce, who switched to No. 88 in San Francisco after wearing No. 80 for 14 seasons with the Rams. Rice's jersey is likely to be officially retired shortly after he's added to the Hall of Fame.
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