Forever Young: Steve Young Reflects on Thanksgiving Football Game

Michael Nussbaum ’11
Sports Editor

The Staples and Greenwich rivalry on Thanksgiving may be best known for this year’s highly anticipated game, but the rich history of the game goes farther back then many people may think. The game has featured some players who have excelled at the next level.

The most successful player to come out of these two rivalring teams was former Greenwich quaterback Steve Young, a Hall of Fame member.

After his high school career, Young went onto play college football at Brigham Young University (BYU), where success there led him to opportunities at the professional level, where he is widely recognized as one of the most talented quaterbacks in NFL history, leading the San Franciso 49ers to a Superbowl victory.

Even though his career in football ranged long after his time at Greenwich, his memories never faded. He can still remember the offensive formation.

“I dont’t think I won any Turkey Bowl games but my brothers, who played quaterback won many times to make up for my sad record, but I do remember the wishbone,” Young said.

In addition to the offense they ran while he was the quaterback, Young recalls the game day traditions, and of course, the intensity of the game.

“If I had one word to describe the rivalry, it would be the word ‘intense’. We always knew that sooner or later any success would be at the expense of Staples,” Young said.

Young was recognized as an intangible savvy player whose love for the game was expressed by the way he handled himself.

“When you go all the way to the Hall of Fame people figure you at least won your county championship,” Young said.