In 1985 Steve Young signed on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team that held his NFL draft rights. He played for the Bucaneers for two seasons, starting 19 games, and in 1987 he was acquired by the San Francisco 49ers.
Steve Young sat behind then 49ers quarterback, Joe Montana, for four years. In the 1991 season after Montana was forced out by injuries, Steve Young lead the NFL in passing efficiency with a 101.8 quarterback rating his first year as the starter. Steve Young has garnered this honor in 6 of the last 7 years, and holds the all-time highest NFL quarterback rating of 112.8 for the 1994 Superbowl season.
Although it was difficult sitting on the bench, Steve Young is the first to admit that his years of backing up Joe Montana were an excellent tutorage for becoming a Pro Bowl quarterback. During that time, in addition to learning the intricacies of quarterbacking from a master, he was also learning the intricacies of the law at Brigham Young University's School of Law, receiving his law degree in 1994.
Steve Young has led the San Francisco 49ers to winning seasons in each of the 6 seasons he's been the starting quarterback, having won at least 10 games or more each season. Although slowed by injuries during the 1996 season, which caused him to miss all or part of 8 games, Steve still won the NFL passing title with a quarterback rating of 97.2. In 1997, Steve Young won the passing title again with a 104.2 rating.
In 1993, Steve Young organized the Forever Young Foundation, a charitable foundation that has raised large sums of money to aid youth organizations and other charities in the San Francisco area, and in Utah and Arizona. He plays a direct role in the foundation's administrative, fundraising, and community activities.