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CHIEF WORRY
Peter King
August 04, 1997
Public activist and celebrity quarterback Steve Young faces a private challenge: finding a Mormon wife and starting a family
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August 04, 1997

Chief Worry

Public activist and celebrity quarterback Steve Young faces a private challenge: finding a Mormon wife and starting a family

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"Physically, Steve's obviously in great shape," Gary Plummer, his friend and a 49ers linebacker, said at the tournament. "But mentally he's in even better shape. Last year, George Seifert would be behind him in practice, saying, 'Throw it! Throw it!' Now Steve Mariucci lets him make his play and then slaps him on the back. He needs that. He knows what to do. He doesn't need the pressure."

That pressure comes from other places, like the golf course on this hot day at his event. In the Mormon world Young's private life is quite important. "He's like British royalty in England," says his agent, Leigh Steinberg. "There's tremendous pressure on Steve to marry in the faith."

"Well, Steve," said Vic Ayers, a Salt Lake businessman and a friend of Young's, as the two stood on the 18th tee, "are you going to tell us what happened with the wedding or not? Why's it off?"

"Vic," Young said with a smile, "it's all about compatibility."

The subject hung there for a moment. The polite thing would have been for someone to talk about how impossible it would be to make par on this hole, not how Young and Baglietto had called off their wedding. One of the other golfers said, "Well, Steve just wants to make sure he makes the right choice."

Off to the side, another player said, in a quieter voice, as though he wasn't sure if this was the right thing to say, "Jeez, Brigham Young had 14 wives."

The foursome hit their shots and left the tee. "I felt that weight for so many years," Young said later. "I used to be all uptight about it. Not anymore. I've been through so many relationships. I'm almost like the relationship guru. The easy thing would have been to get married in college, but I believe in meeting the right person. Obviously, fame and the Mormon faith aren't that compatible, and it's been tough. But I think it'll happen. I have faith that it will."

The foothills were silent for a minute, except for the call of a loud bird. Young was asked if he ever stared at the ceiling and thought about being lonely.

"If I'm honest with myself, yeah," he said. "I want to be married and have kids. I want it a lot."

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