Sport: Spiraling Footballs and Economies

Quarterback Steve Young selects the U.S.F.L. and $36 million

Steve Young, the great-great-great-grandson of Brigham Young, was 22 before he made his first $36 million. As amateur actuaries were trying to figure out how a team's outlay of roughly $9 million could multiply so extravagantly over 43 years, the country was reeling last week at the new going rate for a college quarterback. But nobody was more flabbergasted than Young. Suddenly he saw his whole life laid out to 65, and all of his annuities flashed before him.

In one melancholy burst, he told the...

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