Angela Duckworth

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Steve Young Character Analysis

Steve Young is the successful former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. Duckworth explores how Young’s strict but supportive parents helped him develop grit, work through his childhood anxiety, and succeed in sports. She also compares and contrasts Young’s parents with Francesca Martinez’s, who were also appropriately supportive and demanding (even though they may initially seem much more permissive).

Steve Young Quotes in Grit

The Grit quotes below are all either spoken by Steve Young or refer to Steve Young. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of Grit published in 2018.
Chapter 10: Parenting for Grit Quotes

“There was an underlying selflessness to the tough love,” Steve continued. “I think that’s vital. If any of the tough love is about the parent just trying to control you, well, kids smell it out. In every way possible, I knew my parents were saying, ‘We’re looking to see your success. We’ve left ourselves behind.’ ”

Related Characters: Steve Young (speaker)
Page Number: 207
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Steve Young Character Timeline in Grit

The timeline below shows where the character Steve Young appears in Grit. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10: Parenting for Grit
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...helping children develop grit. She offers two contrasting examples, starting with the star quarterback Steve Young, who attributes his success to his strict Mormon parents. In college, Young wanted to quit... (full context)
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While unlike Steve Young in many ways, the British comedian Francesca Martinez also has lots of grit. She has... (full context)
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Young and Martinez’s parents were very different, but they fit into the pattern that Duckworth has... (full context)