Steve Young on the ESPN Monday Night Countdown set Jan 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Steve Young on the ESPN Monday Night Countdown set before a NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Young has been a member of the ESPN family for a long time but that ended on Friday when he was part of the company’s major layoffs.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback initially appeared on Sunday NFL Countdown in 2000 and became a full-time ESPN talent in 2001. He served as an analyst on four of ABC’s Super Bowl pre-game shows and was part of ESPN’s studio team for the NFL Draft telecast for five years.

Young was laid off along with Suzy Kolber, signaling a major change in ESPN’s NFL coverage moving forward.

“Both Kolber and Young were integral parts of ESPN’s NFL coverage over the years,” wrote Awful Announcing’s Joe Lucia. “During April’s NFL Draft, Kolber conducted interviews with players, as she has for the last several years. Both Kolber and Young had been fixtures on Monday Night Countdown in recent seasons, primarily appearing with Robert Griffin III, Booger McFarland, and Adam Schefter this past season.”

The news that Young’s time with ESPN was over was met with some strong reactions.

Don’t cry too much for Young. The Hall of Famer still has his private equity company, HGGC, where he is currently Chairman, Co-Founder, and Partner to focus on.

[Awful Announcing]

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