- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
Sherry Young knows The $40 Million Quarterback best. "Steve came home [to Greenwich, Conn.] in July with a pocketful of money, almost $500," she says of her son, who became the richest rookie in pro sports last season when he signed a $40 million deal with the USFL's Los Angeles Express. "He decided to take everybody in the family shopping for clothes and then bought us pizza for dinner. The next day he said, 'Mom, I need to borrow some money.'
"Steve's just a 22-year-old kid who's overwhelmed by the money he's making. He said last summer, 'Mom, is a million dollars a lot of money?' And I said, 'It has taken your father half his life to earn that.' "
For his part, Steve's father, LeGrande, made sure his son didn't lose perspective. He had him mow the lawn, clean out the garage, do the dishes and help his 14-year-old brother, Tommy, deliver the Greenwich Time.
Young's back at BYU now, completing work toward a degree in finance and international relations—he's taking Soviet-American relations, corporate finance, marketing management and French and writing a senior research paper—and hanging out with his old college buddies. "They knew me when I was a bum," says Young, who always wears Levi's, T shirts and untied tennies. "Hey, I'm still a bum. The money doesn't mean anything to them, and it hasn't changed me one bit."
"The car has a mystique," Young says.
Says Mom, "You can sit in the back and read letters that are three years old."
"When you're on the move," says Young, "you've got to be able to fire things into the backseat."
Young's waiting for a Sept. 15 payment from the Express of $1.5 million, the amount necessary to fund his $36.5 million annuity. "I'm not worried," says Young, who might negotiate with the NFL's Tampa Bay Bucs if the Express defaults on his contract. "But I'm discouraged by the discontinuity of the USFL. By the way, did Jack Thompson or Steve DeBerg throw all those interceptions for the Bucs in their opener?"