NFL Hall of Famer Young, along with Merz and Bella to be honored Sunday by Greenwich High

NFL Hall of Famer and current ESPN analyst Steve Young during the Feb. 3 broadcast of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown. Young, a Greenwich native and GHS football standout, will be honored Sunday at 6 by being inducted into the Greenwich High School sports Hall of Fame. Also honored will be Sue Merz and John “Zeke” Bella. — photo courtesy of ESPN Images

NFL Hall of Famer and current ESPN analyst Steve Young during the Feb. 3 broadcast of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown. Young, a Greenwich native and GHS football standout, will be honored Sunday at 6 by being inducted into the Greenwich High School sports Hall of Fame. Also honored will be Sue Merz and John “Zeke” Bella. — photo courtesy of ESPN Images

It shouldn’t come as a surprise, if Steve Young is running late for a phone call, as the Greenwich native and GHS football standout is a very busy man.

The National Football League Hall of Famer, along with fellow GHS athletes Sue Merz and John “Zeke” Bella, will be the first inductees into the Greenwich High School Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday.

The induction ceremony banquet will be held at the Hyatt Regency Old Greenwich, beginning at 6. As of press time, a few tickets are still available at Ghshalloffame.eventbrite.com.

Young reached national prominence as a quarterback, first at Brigham Young University, then in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. His first taste of professional football was in the defunct USFL with the Los Angeles Express.

“It will be great,” said Young, during his appearance on The Press Box, a weekly sports radio show on 1490 AM WGCH. “We’ll spend the weekend, see a lot of old friends, and then I’ve got the Monday Night assignment. But the weekend is really devoted to Greenwich.”

Young won two NFL Most Valuable Player awards, and was the MVP of Super Bown XXIX, in which he threw a record six touchdown passes. But it all started in Greenwich, where he was captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams.

Former Greenwich High School standout and NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young. photo courtesy of ESPN Images

Former Greenwich High School standout and NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young. photo courtesy of ESPN Images

He will attend the Hall of Fame banquet before heading to New Jersey to join his colleagues at ESPN to help broadcast the New York Giants against the Minnesota Vikings football game. Young is a part of the network’s Monday Night Countdown coverage, along with appearances on SportsCenter.

“I’m looking forward to the dinner,” Young said. “I’m grateful to all of the people who put this together. It’s not about the honorees. It’s really about celebrating the sports heritage and history of Greenwich. We’re the product of that.”

A committee, headed by Pat Mediate, a physical education teacher at Greenwich High School, nominates and votes for the inductees. It is expected that the process will take place every two years.

“I want this to be one of the go-to dates in Greenwich, not just this year, but into the future,” Young said. “I want this dinner to be something that is wildly successful, and in the long run, to be one of those dates that celebrates the history and event the present of all sports in Greenwich.”

Young said that it’s not just the varsity sports that makes Greenwich great, but it’s the “robust youth sports,” including those played at the middle school.

“We have a rich sports history in Greenwich,” he added.

While Young is being pulled in 20 different directions as a businessman, broadcaster, spokesperson and most importantly a father and husband, at any given time, he said that he keeping up with sports in Connecticut is still a top priority.

“The reason why is because it’s generational,” he said. “It’s a family affair in Greenwich. That’s why you can stay connected — because of the great families that have lived there forever.”

In addition to Young being inducted into the Greenwich High Hall of Fame, Sue Merz and John “Zeke” Bella.

Merz found her success on the ice as a gold medalist at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. She also won a silver medal at the 2002 games in Salt Lake City. While Merz attended GHS, she did not play ice hockey there, since the school didn’t have a team at that time.

John “Zeke” Bella played for the New York Yankees in 1957, as well as the then-Kansas City Athletics in 1959, but is probably best known around Greenwich for his work as an umpire, calling games in the Babe Ruth League, as well as at the junior and high school levels.

The honorees will be presented by current GHS captains of the sports in which they made their mark.

The event will feature a silent auction, which will raise funds for the Hall of Fame. Further Greenwich High School touches will be provided, as music will be played by students. The master of ceremonies will be Greenwich High School graduate Mark Yusko, who once did play-by-play for games on WGCH.

The Press Box will air a recap of the event, including interview, on Monday night’s program. The show can be heard from 7 to 9 p.m. on 1490 AM, or online at WGCH.com.

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