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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Steve Young Retires
USA Today pg1C 9Jun00 S2
By Richard Weiner: USA Today

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- NFL star and LDS Church member Steve Young will reportedly announce today that he is retiring from football. The news leaked to several news organizations on Thursday, and San Francisco 49ers general manager Bill Walsh confirmed the decision on Thursday. Young i the top-rated passer in NFL history and a two-time league MVP.

The decision dashes the hopes of several other teams, including the Denver Broncos, who hoped to get Young for another shot at the Superbowl. San Francisco is widely considered to be rebuilding this year, with no shot at the championship. But Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, who met with Young on Monday, setting off a flurry of speculation, said he advised Young to think twice about playing, "I told him if he had any reservations whatsoever about playing, then he should retire," said Shanahan.

Young has suffered at least six concussions during his career, the most recent knocking him out of competition during most of last season. But beyond health concerns, the 49ers faced a salary-cap hit because of the size of the superstar's salary. Young's decision to retire relieves the 49ers of having to put his large salary under the salary cap. It also relieves the team of a potential public relations nightmare, like they faced when Young's predecessor Joe Montana left to play for another team at the end of his career.

Young's plans in retirement are not yet clear. Since he passed the bar exam in 1993, he could practice law. He is also listed as the chairman of Internet startup, which is trying to provide Internet presence for traditional retailers. Young is also under consideration for a commentator slot on Monday Night Football.


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