Hall of Fame QB Steve Young opens up about struggles with severe separation anxiety

May 13, 2022

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young opened up about his struggles with mental health issues at a charity event, revealing that he grew up with severe separation anxiety that went undiagnosed well into his playing career with the San Francisco 49ers.

According to The Athletic, Young made the comments April 25 at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club in Menlo Park, California, during a charity banquet for the non-profit Child Mind Institute. During his speech onstage, Young recalled excelling in school and in sports, but described episodes where he made excuses to avoid being separated from his parents. His mother Sherry Young would walk him to school and would stay in the classroom. When friends asked him to sleep over at their homes, Young would use athletics and early-morning practices as excuses.

Source: Sports Illustrated
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