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Harris: Ex-49er Steve Young joins private equity firm

Contra Costa Times – If you accept the adage that "all of life is high school," then one of the charms of Silicon Valley is its ability to turn nerds like Marc Andreessen or Mark Zuckerberg into star quarterbacks on the tech gridiron.

So it may not seem fair that former San Francisco 49ers star Steve Young — an actual quarterback, and a Hall-of-Famer to boot — didn’t just wind up as some broken-down jock somewhere telling stories about glory days. Not only has Young made a successful transition to football commentator on ESPN, but he’s quietly been a Silicon Valley player, too. He’s a co-founder of Northgate Capital, a "fund of funds" that invests in tech, and a former director of Foundry Networks.

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