49ers great Steve Young is a man who gave a lot to the NFL and who is one of the legends of American football. It would take us a long time to write down all the successes he has achieved, and he will truly be remembered as one of the best.
However, in an interview with The Athletic, he talked about the mental issues he had as a boy and how they created a problem for him throughout his life. He is one of those who emphasized the importance of mental health. “I didn’t know this, but I grew up with severe childhood separation anxiety,’’ Young said, as quoted by theathletic.
“All I knew was that I didn’t sleep over at other people’s houses. I had straight A’s, I didn’t miss a day of school, and I was captain of three sports. I mean, if you knew me back then you’d say, ‘That kid’s killin’ it.’ Because I was killing it.
But if you said, ‘Hey, wanna sleep over at my house?’ The answer was: ‘It isn’t happening.’”
Young: I wasn’t built for that from a clinical perspective
However, his dreams and desires were stronger than his anxiety and he did not give up on his goals.
He showed many how to deal with mental problems, but of course it was difficult sometimes. His goal remained clear: I want to be the best, I want to be successful. It was in this that he succeeded and really showed that we can sometimes be stronger than anything.
"I long to be the best quarterback in the NFL. I dread being the best quarterback in the NFL. I wasn’t built for that from a clinical perspective,” Young said . “But there is another part of me that wasn’t afraid to go at a competition. If the sun was up, I was killing it. When the sun went down, things went south”.