May 14, 2024 - Business

Ex-49ers QB Steve Young: "Football is made for girls"

Steve Young on stage with Dan Primack at Axios BFD May 14, 2024

Steve Young on stage at Axios BFD. Photo: Chris Constantine on behalf of Axios

NFL legend and private equity investor Steve Young told Axios that he predicts by 2028, a hundred million girls will be playing flag football.

Why it matters: Young's comments come at a time when interest in women's sports is surging, led by superstar players like Caitlin Clark.

Catch up quick: Young has been helping coach his daughters' flag football team, and called the experience "a revelation."

Driving the news: "Football is made for girls," said Young, describing the game as "a series of choreographed plays," and "a dance step."

  • Young predicted that flag football would gain in popularity by 2028 and at the Olympics surpass volleyball, and rival dance and gymnastics.
  • "I think it's going to explode in a way that no one can even realize," said Young.

What's next: In 2028, flag football will be part of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles for the first time.

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