Collecting Only $50M From Playing Career, Hard Working 49ers Legend Amassed Another $150 Million Before Last Week’s Shocking Layoff

Published 07/06/2023, 4:22 AM EDT

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The past week brought immense sadness for NFL fans. Media giant ESPN, owned by the Walt Disney Company, decided to reduce costs by laying off several beloved anchors, despite the company’s steady growth. This decision left fans fuming, especially when beloved NFL greats like Keyshawn Johnson and even the 3x Super Bowl champ, Steve Young, were laid off last Friday.

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The absence of these beloved faces on the network hosting the league’s upcoming shows leaves fans feeling disappointed. However, it’s essential to remember that they had a great run over the years. As for Young, he certainly earned big bucks before saying farewell to his show.

Steve Young amassed triple the amount from his playing career

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The Super Bowl MVP remains highly cherished as one of the most adored quarterbacks from the 80s and 90s. His remarkable athletic prowess is no secret, and his leadership was instrumental in securing three Lombardy trophies for the 49ers.

His on-court dominance brought him substantial financial rewards, as he accumulated nearly $50 million throughout his playing career. This sum is quite fair, considering the era in which he played. However, his dedication did not cease even after retiring from the league.

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After his premature retirement due to injury in the late ’90s, Steve made appearances on various sports programs until his passion project evolved into a full-time job in 2001. Since then, he has been employed by the media giant and has hosted numerous NFL-centric shows.

Throughout his lengthy career, the 3x Super Bowl champion accumulated an astonishing $150 million, which is three times his NFL career earnings. The former 49ers QB’s total net worth is now reported to be over $200 million, making him one of the richest NFL athletes to date. Nevertheless, Steve’s career has now come to a halt following the unfortunate ESPN purge.

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In the aftermath of the widespread layoffs, it is rumored that all the prominent figures will receive compensatory buyouts. Hence, it appears that payday is not yet over for Young. Furthermore, he continues to be associated with several podcasts and remains an active participant in NFL discussions.

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In addition to his commentary role, Steve is renowned for being a significant investor, having reportedly earned substantial profits in the past. Moreover, his extensive philanthropic efforts have garnered widespread acclaim throughout the industry, earning him praise for his altruistic endeavors.

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Although uncertainties linger, the 3x Super Bowl champion still possesses a deep passion for football. So, it’s only a matter of time before he makes a comeback as an analyst for either a media giant or on his own.

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Samnur Reza

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Samnur Reza or “Rocky”, is an NFL Author at EssentiallySports. He is an avid sports enthusiast with a particular love for NFL. Rocky looks up to Aaron Rodgers and Joe Burrow as two of the best quarterbacks in the game.
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