It’s been a month since the Paperboy musical had its world premiere at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. My feet are just now returning to terra firma after that remarkable weekend. I have many wonderful memories. I’ll share just one here.

Stan Petree, my cousin Caroline’s husband, tapped me on the shoulder before the matinee on Saturday, March 25, and asked: “Isn’t that Steve Young standing there near the stage?”

“Steve Young?”

“You know,” Stan continued, “Steve Young, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who won three Super Bowls.”

I looked more closely. He did look like the commentator I had seen most recently on ESPN.

“I think you’re right,” I said. “Let’s go see.”

Stan and I walked up to the man who was near the orchestra pit talking to another gentleman.

I interrupted: “Are you Steve Young?” I asked, somewhat cautiously.

“Yes, I am,” he said with a big smile.

I then heard these words spill out of my mouth with a clumsiness unusual even for me: “So, what are you doing here?”

Another big smile from Steve Young.

“My son, Braedon, is playing the part of the Paperboy’s father,” he said.

“Well, I’m the real Paperboy,” I said. “I mean . . . I’m the guy who wrote the original book.”

I think I eventually formally introduced myself and then we chatted. He said that he threw a newspaper route when he was in high school in Greenwich, Connecticut. In another round of clumsiness, I offered that he probably threw the papers left-handed. “Indeed, I did,” he said.

Stan and I returned to our seats. Steve played his college ball at Brigham Young University. I quickly checked Google on my phone before the musical started. I read:

Steve Young was raised in Connecticut, where he was all-state in football and baseball at Greenwich High School. He was the great-great-great-grandson of Brigham Young, an early leader of the Mormon church, and he later attended Brigham Young University, where he earned a law degree in 1994.

At the evening performance of Paperboy, Steve was again in the audience to see Braedon, a talented singer and actor, perform as the Paperboy’s father. I was determined to have a conversation with the MVP quarterback for once without my foot in my mouth.

“Kolter Erickson first workshopped the Paperboy role about three years ago, but he has grown a lot taller since then,” I said to Steve. “I was afraid that Kolter would be taller than the actor who played his father.”

“Braedon is 6-5,” Steve said.

“Thank goodness for that,” I said, finally getting something appropriate out of my mouth.

Steve introduced me to his wife, Barbara, and to his father (Braedon’s grandfather), LeGrande “Grit” Young, who talks about Steve’s newspaper route in this video

The Young family is as gracious and down-to-earth as they are talented.

Braedon Young as father of Paperboy