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Steve Young’s football career to be chronicled in both documentary and book

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BYU and San Francisco 49ers fans looking to reminisce about Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young will have a couple options coming their way in October.

LDS author Jeff Benedict worked together with Young on a sports memoir that chronicles the former quarterback's life, titled "QB: My life behind the spiral." The book's expected release date is Oct. 11.

The synopsis for the book says, "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."

Benedict has penned several books and nationally published articles, including a piece on Mormon basketball player Jabari Parker for Sports Illustrated. He also wrote, "The System: The glory and scandal of big-time college football," and part of the book including Benedict shadowing former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy for a year.

The career of Young, a two-time NFL MVP and first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer, will also be chronicled by NFL Films in its "A Football Life" TV documentary series. Young's documentary is set to premiere on Oct. 7.

Benedict shared a promotional video for the show on YouTube Monday, showing Young reminiscing about his time as a San Francisco quarterback in the shell of Candlestick Park, the former home of the 49ers.

Talking about emerging from the tunnel at Candelstick Park, Young said in the video, "When I finally emerge out into the sunlight, (I) just was a different person. I couldn't wait to go take control and get it done."

"A Football Life" is headed into its sixth season. Utah ties to the series include the Bill Walsh documentary, which chronicled the quarterback battle between Young and Joe Montana. Also, the Los Angeles Rams' fearsome foursome, including Logan native and Utah State alum Merlin Olsen, was featured during the second season of "A Football Life."

The career of former University of Utah wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., who is playing for the Baltimore Ravens this season, will also be documented during the sixth season of "A Football Life," though no date has been announced for its TV debut.

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