NFL Hall Of Fame Quarterback Steve Young Suggests President Obama Is A Dictator

NFL Hall Of Fame Quarterback Steve Young Suggests President Obama Is A Dictator

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During a segment on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown, ESPN analyst and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young compared President Obama to a dictator while discussing Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. As the crew discussed keys to the upcoming Monday Night Football game between the Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals, Young made a ham-fisted attempt to liken Manning to the President of the United States making the State of the Union address. While doing so, he said Manning needs to tell everyone on the field that “I am the dictator!”

Below is video of the segment:



In all likelihood, Young was just trying to make some kind of football to real-life comparison, and it came off awkwardly awful. He probably wrote down some notes about Manning before the segment and knew he wanted to suggest that Manning is THE MAN for Denver, if not the NFL. Therefore, why not use the highest office in the land for his analogy?

However, by him tossing out ‘dictator’ while discussing the presidency, it probably reveals a little bit about Young and his politics. Ask any red-blooded Republican what they think of President Obama, and the word dictator will be within the first five words you hear. While Young has generally stayed out of the fray politically, he is a devout Mormon and did speak at the Republican National Convention in 2000.

Immediately after he made the statement, some rather astute viewers made their way to Twitter to discuss.


I am pretty sure we’ll get some kind of clarification from ESPN or Steve Young in the near future where they’ll say it was not his intent to call Obama a dictator. Until then, have a good laugh (or cry) at Young’s expense.

39 Responses to "NFL Hall Of Fame Quarterback Steve Young Suggests President Obama Is A Dictator"

  1. charles williams   Monday, December 22nd, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Ok so another tea bagger has stepped in it. I loss all respect for this man because if obama was a dictator then all these retarded fox news viewers would be dead because thats what a dictator does. Ask kim jong un uncle. They stupid and try to be racist on the slick cuz dictator is the code word for what they really call him….

  2. macwoof   Monday, December 22nd, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    We all know what happens when a guy gets hit in the head enough times, right?

  3. Rhondayes   Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 at 5:07 am

    It makes you wonder what they eat in the mornings, because all of these guys continue to show their hands and hidden beliefs. It’s simply unbelievable. How many more are there, hiding in plain sight? Born on third base, given everything, made to believe they are the chosen people, knowing they’re the protected race, living of the bounty of the government through taxes and subsidies. Yet, too stupid to enjoy the blessings of a white power structure by keeping their mouths shuts and thought/beliefs unspoken.

  4. Michael Bennane   Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Maybe Peyton has been listening to his buddy Papa John (one of the worst employers in the US and a far right winger).

    • ZenShadow   Saturday, December 27th, 2014 at 12:16 am

      Not Peyton. Steve Young. Try to keep up.

  5. Eddie Gamble   Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Stick to something you know about, Steve, like football. Political opinions are like @ssholes, everybody’s got one.

  6. Joe Smith   Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Steve Young didn’t actually say that President Obama was a dictator. He never says that. He referred to Peyton Manning taking control of the field, though, as a dictator. Listen to the video. Listen to what he said. Steve Young may be a Republican, but it’s quite a liberal stretch to fabricate the supposition that he’s calling President Obama a dictator. He never ever says that statement, thus this whole thread is a waste of time. Unreal.

    • karihope   Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      @JoeSmith “Liberal stretch?” Liberals have done a helluva lot more than conservative “family values” idiots. Filthy, greedy, felons. CHRISTIANS they are not. Young believes in Mormonism where you can have multiple wives who below the age of 13. Yah. I’ll take President Obama, who is more class in his pinky finger than any effing conservative…OR Mormon!

    • Anthony.B   Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 7:14 am

      Ok Joe Smith if that’s the case why are you writing on this thread then he said what he said and that’s that and I’m sure now alot of people will be trying to auction off his football memorabilia because of his views on politics.

    • Felicia Wilkerson   Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Thank you for the clarification

  7. Craig Fine   Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Really, just another catchy headline to get people to click on the story that takes a comment and attempts to distort it into something it clearly isn’t. If you had ever met Steve Young, you would know he would never call President obama a dictator.

    Oh yeah, I HAVE met Steve, multiple times, spent time together in the past, and I can assure you and your readers, he would never say what you falsely claim he did.

    • Roderick Bryant   Saturday, December 27th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Dawg, look at the clip. He said it.

  8. Karl Leuba   Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks to Mike Tunison for providing the WHOLE quote. I’m a Liberal, and voted for Obama twice. Like millions of other Americans I ignore Steve Young. What he said, “Watch for Peyton to speak to the nation tonight, like the president of the United States would and say, ‘I am the dictator.'”
    I also read and write American English (sometimes imperfectly) but in this case Steve Young predicted that Peyton would declare himself dictator. Young said the President and Peyton would both speak. He did not say the President would call himself “The dictator,” he said Peyton would call himself that.
    Justin Baragona gets a D – for reading comprehension.

    • AMoreModestProposal   Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Good point. Thank you. Almost makes me want to retract my comment, but since it is directed to a larger group who undoubtedly do believe Obama is or wants to be or will be a dictator, I’ll leave it be! Peace! and Merry Christmas!

  9. bebe   Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Mr. Young, one too many to the melon. Regurgitating fox news talking points just makes you look very weak in mind and thought. Do you know the definition of dictator? Apparently not. Think first, then speak.

  10. StPete   Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Somebody should sit this boob down and and explain to him The truth about how our government is supposed to work, and the national joke and tragedy that is FOXNews.

  11. AMoreModestProposal   Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Okay. One more time, stupid people, if you want to live in a dictatorship, you will have to move to someplace like North Korea, Cuba, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), Saudi Arabia, Iran, or some other such awful place, where, by the way, you would never get away with saying something like this. If Obama were a dictator, our prison population would be around 57,000,000, not the 2,400,000 it is today (2,400,000 incarcerated now + 55,000,000 registered Republicans!).

  12. Janet Campbell   Thursday, December 25th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Well his eyes are not clouded. Good for him!

    He should not back off of it either. End of story.

    I am reminded of those who rebuked Winston Churchill when he called out Hitler for who he was. Then when the truth came out, how those who reviled Churchill called for his help.

    Truth hurts.

    No wonder Obama sent the Churchill bust in the White House back to the Queen….

    • ThinkForYourself   Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 8:44 am

      That’s the stupidest attempt at a comparison probably in the history of online comments. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

    • Charles L. Freeman, Jr.   Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Here are the FACTS about the Churchill bust in the White House. Turns out there are two Churchill busts and the one that was lent during the Bush 43 administration was returned to the British embassy after he left office. (BTW, “facts” are what normal people call the truth.) Read on if you dare:

      “The one displayed by Mr Bush was indeed returned, along with all other art lent to him, as his presidency came to an end. The other, which remains in the White House residence, was given as a gift to President Lyndon B Johnson in 1965 by a group of Atlanticist diplomats and military officers.”

    • Roderick Bryant   Saturday, December 27th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Check the numbers. The economy is chugging, gas is down, and Obama ain’t came for your guns. It seems that some of you would rather suffer under a White Republican, than prosper under a Black Democrat. Now, THAT’S hatred…

    • cb simmons   Saturday, December 27th, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      DON’T! Not only was that a stupid statement millions of Jews around the world should be offended. Millions in Europe who were affected at the hands of Hitler should be offended. Anyone who read your post realized you have a major lack of knowledge. Next will you be giving a class on slavery, rape, gays, immigration comparisons? INAPPROPRIATE!!!!!! Unless you are a Klan member.

  13. Hugh Velez   Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 5:09 am

    The economy is on the rise – Wall Street has scored record profits – the banking industry is more profitable than ever before – and our President continues to bear the brunt of the ugly hatred and venom that lives in the hearts and minds of Right Wing zealots.

    Steve Young and other Republican athletes have done very well over the last 6 years – and yet, their innermost thoughts betray them.

    America forgave the Germans and the Japanese after WWII – in spite of the many atrocities both countries committed against humankind. Yet, ignorant racists can’t forgive African-Americans for being born with too much pigmentation in their skin.

  14. cheryl   Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 5:25 am

    I am sick of these bigots. Did he call bush this when bush and cheny did the same thing? Sports is no place for politics.

  15. clutch   Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 7:12 am

    first of all , why would he even use the president of the united states and dictator in the same sentence, give me a break, rightwing nonsense as usual.

  16. buck marley   Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 7:54 am

    only dictator of late was George W h Bush jr.congress voted no to war he sent us to war anyway now thats a dictator. but no one said anything about that nor, any of bush`s antics.

  17. Rebel with a cause   Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 10:45 am

    here we go again another code name for black men, he must be a Republican or a Teabagger ,against all those times getting those concussions really messed him up #he just saying what they really think anyway !!!!

  18. Bill Hall   Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    He just proved that he is just another ignorant bigot tea sack, that doesn’t know sht about anyting but football… A game….Go screw yourself moron…..

  19. Twyon Humphries   Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Maybe he asking to be beat down by some of the dictator friends two to the head will fix his racist problem a hole.

  20. Eddie Williams III   Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    This entire post represents a major flaw in the Social Media process. To vilify Steve Young for his obviously innocent comments during a pregame football game is not only ridiculous, it’s cyber bullying. Young was merely talking about leadership, not making a political statement. This is senseless, inflammatory and just simply dangerous. # get a life

  21. Donald Johnson   Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I don’t know why he said what he, but what’s in side will come out from time to time. My brother Gary Big Hands Johnson not in the NFL Hall of Fame, look at his highlight and ask why.Gary Big Hands Johnson I vote to be in NFL Hall of Fame.

    • Roderick Bryant   Saturday, December 27th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      I remember Big Hands; he was a problem…

  22. Anthony Ismael   Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    “By their fruits you shall know them.”
    Young earned a law degree after football. It never ceases to anaze me, how smart people will twist the truth out of hatred or dislike for the president. That type of irresponsible rhetoric is simply dangerous.

  23. Wallace   Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Being super white and from BYU one can note he went there so he could play with white boys, obvious.

    I already mute most commentators. Hall of fame o not they usually can’t pick a winning team in Vegas and are gas bags.

  24. Wallace   Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    The word “dictator” used by the right is a new phrase used by the talk show Republicans, most, of whom have a GED at best. It is an attempt to make people think that whoever they call a dictator is Hitler. Now, Kings ad queens of foreign lands to the daffy right are not dictators but our friends and allies: Marcos of the Phillipines; Shah of Iran; etc.

    Even old fat boy Rush once said most Americans (Republicans) would not mind living under a king or queen…………..even King George?

  25. Wallace   Friday, December 26th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Maybe I am wrong but did Young do a vote in the huddle when he called a play or was it dictated? So, it seems corporate football is a dictatorship. I apologize. Maybe Obama is a dictator just like Young suggests that it takes a dictator to get things done. Right Steve?

  26. zekefleming   Saturday, December 27th, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    You Big Dummy….! Dictator: A ruler with total power over a country, typically one who has obtained power by force. Neither has total control over anything.

  27. cb simmons   Saturday, December 27th, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I think he should be suspended from commentating for a while unless those are the views of the show executives and the station? I think someone should file a complaint tell me where to complain. I’m calling or writing. I believe the station should come out and say something. Cause when you are representing an organization you just can’t say what you think especially when your sponsors are trying to get consumers to purchase products. Unacceptable!!!

  28. Imma Anyanwu   Sunday, December 28th, 2014 at 1:13 am

    This is a kind of people who has enjoyed government to the fullest but comes back to criticize government. I have lived in this great country for almost 30 years. I have never seen any of the so call republican presidents do anything good for his people except late president Reagan. The only thing they do well is propaganda and hatred. They claimed the love Jesus but they don’t realize that Jesus did not come for war and hatred or tear up mankind. Read Ephesians 1vs3-8: and Eph.2vs11-16. Apostle Paul made it known to us that we have been adopted by our Lord Jesus Christ and made a citizen of His Kingdom. Those people that are hiding under the umbrella of Republicans full of hatred towards mankind will miss out that promise of Christ. Nobody is talking about so many young bodies being brought home in a bag or how cheap gas has been or low employment rate. The saves from gas is a raise. Long live president Obama and to his family.For the haters continue until Christ comes back for you.