Two hour flight, we took off, settled in, got water from the flight attendants, etc. After a bit we exchanged pleasantries. I think he actually started it. The 'What do you do, where do you live, etc'. It got around to my turn and I asked the same, what he did. "I'm retired." he said. I may have pursed my lips or raised my eyebrows. I do remember I asked "Oh, what did you do that you retired at your age?" I was expecting a software startup answer. "Football", he answered. "Oh, professional?" I asked. He nodded. "What position?" I asked, he was clearly not one of the huge players you see on tv. "Quarterback" he said. Me nodding. "Oh, what team?" "San Francisco" was the answer.
Yeah, it was Steve Young. Now, had it been Joe Montana, I would have recognized him. We chatted through the rest of the hour, he was coming from a gratis coaching and speaking session at BYU, his alma mater.
We got off the plane together, walked down to baggage claim, no one met him, he walked with a bit of a limp. Nice guy.