Why 49ers legend Steve Young slept on his teammate’s floor the night before his iconic Super Bowl performance.
Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young watched from the sidelines as Joe Montana led the San Francisco 49ers to two Super Bowl titles to cap the 1988 and 1989 seasons.
But in January 1995, his time to shine came. Young led San Francisco to double-digit wins over the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys in the 1994 NFC playoffs and punched their ticket to Super Bowl XXIX against the San Diego Chargers.
The night before the big game, Young didn’t want to change anything about his daily life. Young told Sports Illustrated in a recent interview: “When we traveled, we all lived in one room. “My roommate of 13 years was Brent Jones.
“At the Super Bowl, they gave us our own room. … When it was time to go to bed, I thought, “I’m going to have to listen to [Jones’] snoring.”
I literally took the mattress and dragged him down the hallway and knocked on his door and woke him up. He says, “What are you doing?” “I said, ‘Shut up!’ I got the mattress and laid down. He started snoring. ‘It’s okay’… I slept well at night.”
Guess what? It worked. Young woke up the next morning refreshed and put together one of the most dominant outings for a quarterback in Super Bowl history.
Young threw for 325 yards with a Super Bowl record six touchdown passes and no interceptions on 24-of-36 passing as the 49ers defeated the Chargers 49-26.