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Steve Young Still Unsure of Future

January 25, 2000

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) _ San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young says he still hasn’t decided whether to return to the team next season.

Young, sidelined for the final 13 games of the 1999 season by concussions, told students at Lake Havasu High School on Monday that he had been ``playing for 30 years, and that’s a long time.″

``I’m not sure if I’m coming back,″ he said. ``I’m not sure if coming back is the smartest thing to do.″

Young suffered the fourth concussion of his professional career when he played the Arizona Cardinals in the third game of the season on Sept. 27. The blow from Aeneas Williams knocked Young unconscious, and Young remained on the disabled list for the rest of the season.

Young’s speech stressed the importance of not giving up.

And though San Francisco executive and former coach Bill Walsh told Fox Sports reporter Jim Rome recently that he would like to see Young retire for health reasons, Young said Monday he’s not heard that comment directly from Walsh.

``I’ve talked with Bill, we’ve had long talks about it (retirement). But I don’t know that he’s ever said that to me,″ Young said.

Young said he would notify 49ers brass ``within the next couple of months″ of his plans for the upcoming season.

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