A 12-year-old child named Maxwell "Bunchie" Young led a bunch of young youngsters wearing various NFL jerseys out of the tunnel and to center field as part of the league's 100th anniversary celebration. Maxwell had a remarkable transition into the game between the Niners and the Chiefs, raising his fists to excite the fans. He died in 2014 at age 17.
Maxwell was a huge San Francisco 49er's fan who attended many games with his dad. In 2013, he wore a custom-made jersey with "TEAM MAXWELL" across the back as his way of saying thank you for all the support he had received from people around the world. After his death, his family decided to sell some of his organs to pay for more surgeries for other children.
Here are the other kids: From left to right they are (back row) Taniya Boggs (13), Tayla Parham (12), Taylor Crump (10), and (front row) Jaden Smith (6), Jagger Cotteleer (4), and Sierra McCray (7). Taniya, Taylor, and Jaden were all injured during the game and had to be taken off the field on stretchers. The four children were all treated for head injuries and released from the hospital later that day.
This incident occurred in Kansas City but the children were all born in Atlanta. They belonged to different families who all lived together.
As a lefty that played quarterback, I gravitated liked Steve Young. He was and continues to be one of my favorite athletes to watch. On Friday, the Hall of Fame quarterback turned 58 years old. Young was included in a piece on USA TODAY on the 13 worst deals of all time. The writer noted that Young's contract with the 49ers was by far the worst deal of them all.
Young's age alone is not what made his contract so bad. It was actually its length (three years, $3.5 million) that made it unacceptable at the time. In 2019, that amount would have been second only to Todd Gurley II's rookie contract ($20 million over four seasons).
The fact that Young's contract was so bad is evidence that there should be more scrutiny given to high-profile players when they reach free agency. In this case, it would have been better if someone else had signed him to such a deal because that money could have been put to use elsewhere.
Young was drafted by the 49ers in 1979 out of Brigham Young University. He went on to become one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. His career record is 148-79 as a starter and he also has three Super Bowl victories to his name. He currently works as an analyst for ESPN.
Terrence Hugh Hanratty (born January 19, 1948) is a former NFL quarterback who played in the 1960s and 1970s. As the Pittsburgh Steelers' backup quarterback, he won two Super Bowls. Conor, Terry's son, also plays offensive guard at Notre Dame. He is the younger brother of Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk.
Hanratty was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, but grew up in Millvale, a neighborhood in Pittsburgh's East End. His father was Irish-American and his mother was African-American. They met while his father worked at Duquesne Light where she worked as a switchboard operator. She was several years older than his father.
He started playing football for the Millvale High School Falcons, then went on to play college football at Boston College. In four seasons with the Eagles, he completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 3,918 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions. He finished his career with 2,891 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. After graduating from Boston College in 1969, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the ninth round of the 1969 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons with the team before being traded to the Oakland Raiders in 1972. He was the Raiders' starting quarterback for one season before moving to wide receiver. There, he became one of the league's best receivers until he suffered a knee injury that ended his career.
In what turned out to be Elway's final NFL game, the 38-year-old quarterback passed for 336 yards and combined for one passing and one running score as the Broncos defeated the Dirty Birds, 34-19. The victory gave Denver its first Super Bowl title.
Elway was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1979 after playing college football at Colorado State University. He spent three seasons with the Colts before being traded to the Denver Broncos where he has remained ever since. In his career, Elway has won two Super Bowl titles and has made a third appearance.
He has also won the NFL MVP award twice and the NFL Man of the Year award. In 2004, Elway became the only player in NFL history to have three consecutive 50-plus yard games before the age of 40.
During his career, Elway has played against the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, and Indianapolis Colts. He is the winningest quarterback in Denver sports history with a record of 93-63.
Elway announced his retirement on April 25, 1999 but returned for one more season in 2019. He finished his NFL career with 4,214 yards passing along with 26 touchdowns to 21 interceptions.
Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961) is a former professional American football quarterback who spent 15 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League (NFL). Young was voted the Associated Press' NFL Most Valuable Player in 1992 and 1994, as well as the Super Bowl XXXIX MVP. He also won the Walter Camp Award in 1994.
Young's career started out slowly, as he played only three games in his first season with the 49ers, completing 18 of 39 passes for 186 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. However, he finished the season strong, leading the 49ers to an 8-8 record while throwing for 2,243 yards, 12 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He was also the team's most valuable player after they made it to the NFC Championship Game before losing to the Chicago Bears.
In 1995, Young led the league in passing yardage with 3,454 yards while tying a then-NFL record with 50 touchdown passes. He also had 9 interceptions that year. The following season, he lost his starting job to Jeff Garcia but still managed to finish with 4,463 yards and 38 touchdowns while having 10 interceptions.
After two more mediocre years, Young left San Francisco as the all-time leader in passing yards with 23,964 yards. He went on to play for the New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks and ended his career with 486 touchdowns against only 229 interceptions.