NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young has a book coming out on October 11 called “QB: My Life Behind the Spiral.” It was written by Young with Jeff Benedict, and it’s the life story of the two-time MVP. Peter King included a few excerpts from the book in his Monday Morning Quarterback column. The most interesting portion by far was Young describing how badly one referee wanted him to date his daughter. The following took place after the USFL folded and Young was playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Even on the field, I can’t escape the craziness. We play the Colts at home. Partway through the second quarter I’m in the huddle when the head referee taps me on the shoulder. “Can I talk to you for a second?” he says. I step away from the huddle. “Hey, listen, my daughter’s going to BYU,” he whispers. Next thing I know he starts trying to convince me that I should meet his daughter. “I’d like you to take her out,” he says.
I cannot believe this. We’re in the middle of a game! “Oh, okay,” I said. “What’s her name?’’ He tells me and I return to the huddle … Late in the game we’re down 31-23 and I’m trying to mount a comeback. I scramble out of the pocket and take a brutal hit. It causes me to fumble just before the whistle blows to stop the play. I am lying on the ground when the defense recovers the loose ball, all but sealing our defeat. Suddenly out of nowhere a yellow flag lands next to me. The referee whose daughter is headed to BYU calls a personal foul on the defense. First down, Tampa Bay. I get up and brush myself off. Then the ref walks past me and whispers she likes Italian food.
The thirst is real. Finally, all of the shitty officiating that we have to put up with every week has been explained. The refs aren’t incompetent; they are just trying to get star players to bang their daughters. Makes perfect sense.
I can’t blame this ref for wanting Young to date his daughter, though. Great player, handsome fella, friendly disposition, and first-rate dancing skills. Talk about the total package.