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Leadership Lessons from the Gridiron
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49 Minutes
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Wednesday, January 11, 2012
7:30 AM Breakfast, 8:00 - 9:00 AM session
Main Dining Room, Stanford Faculty Club, 439 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA.
  • The metaphysics of throwing blind.
  • How creative tension focuses your attention and ups your game.
  • Why everyone on the team must be held accountable.
  • How do you complete a pass to Jerry Rice who is wide open when you can't see over a wall of defensive linemen?

In this fast-paced and highly entertaining Stanford video presentation Steve Young explains that you can indeed complete a game-winning touchdown pass by learning to anticipate where Jerry Rice will be and then throwing blind. Solving a seemingly insurmountable problem with a workaround was an early lesson he learned as a young quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.

Giving us glimpses of his experience on the field - from ignominious interceptions to come-from-behind wins - with self-deprecating humor and passion for the game, Mr. Young shares his lifelong takeaways. How being pushed beyond his comfort zone by a tireless coach generated the creative tension needed to keep him focused and take his game to another level.

How a large and diverse team that can surmount its cultural racial geographic and socio-economic differences will and be become the stronger team for it. And how individual accountability starts at the top and has to permeate the team in order for the team to succeed.

Mr. Young is a managing director and cofounder of Huntsman Gay Global Capital. A former quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers, he is the highest-rated quarterback in NFL history and in 2005 was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a JD degree from the College of Law as well as a BS in Finance and Political Science.


Steve Young - Managing Director and Co-founder of Huntsman Gay Global Capital

Mr. Young is a Managing Director and Co-founder of Huntsman Gay Global Capital He is also a member of Huntsman Gay's Policy and Investment Committee.

Prior to his tenure at Huntsman Gay Mr. Young was a co-founder and Managing Director of Sorenson Capital a private equity fund, which focused on middle market leveraged buyouts in the Western United States. Previously Mr. Young was a member in Northgate Capital LLC the general partner of Northgate Capital Partners L.P. a fund of funds.

Mr. Young's professional football career spanned more than fifteen years in the NFL primarily with the San Francisco 49ers where he received numerous accolades including Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXIX Sports Illustrated and Sporting News' Player of the Year from 1992-1994 and the NFL's Most Valuable Player for 1992 and 1994. In 2005 Mr. Young was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame the first left-handed quarterback to be so honored. Mr. Young is also the highest-rated quarterback in NFL history and has the distinction of being the only signal caller in league annals to win four consecutive NFL passing titles.

He founded and chairs the Forever Young Foundation which is actively involved in children's charities worldwide and is currently the broadcast host as well as the former International Spokesperson for the Children's Miracle Network which has raised over one billion dollars world-wide to benefit children's hospitals.

Mr. Young has also served as the corporate spokesperson for companies such as Nike,Visa, Sun Microsystems, Sprint, PowerBar and ICON Health & Fitness and has recently been profiled in a variety of publications such as the Wall Street Journal Business Week Worth Magazine Sports Illustrated People Inside Sports and GQ.

Mr. Young is a graduate of Brigham Young University where he earned a J.D. degree from the College of Law as well as a B.S. in Finance and Political Science.