Thursday, June 26, 2003
BYU has retired only two numbers in football history
PROVO, Utah -- Brigham Young will honor former All-American quarterback Steve Young by retiring his jersey during the season
A banner with Young's name and jersey No. 8 will be unveiled and permanently displayed on the press box at LaVell Edwards Stadium
during the Aug. 28 game against Georgia Tech.
"Steve Young has set the high-water mark for all BYU football players,'' men's athletics director Val Hale said in a release
"It is only fitting that he is the first of our football players to have his jersey number permanently displayed inside
LaVell Edwards Stadium.''
Young's jersey, not his number, will be retired. Future players may still have the option to wear No. 8.
BYU has retired only two numbers -- Eldon Fortie's No. 40 and Marion Probert's No. 81. Fortie was killed in a 1965 plane crash
and Probert was the Cougars' first All-American. Banners honoring Probert, who played from 1951-54, and Fortie (1960-62) will be
unveiled later during the season.
Young was the 1983 Heisman Trophy runner-up as a senior, leading the nation in passing yards (3,802), total offense (4,246) and
Young was a first-round draft pick of the USFL Los Angeles Express. He went to the NFL, starting in Tampa Bay before moving on
to San Francisco in 1987. He won two Super Bowl rings as a backup and led the 49ers past the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX,
when he was selected as the MVP.
"I think it is an extremely appropriate way to honor Steve,'' former BYU coach LaVell Edwards said. ``I can't think of anyone who
is more deserving.''