|Date of birth:April 29, 1960|
|Place of birth: Ocala, Florida|
|High school: Ocala (FL) Forest|
|Undrafted in 1983|
|Debuted in 1983 for the New Orleans Saints|
|Last played in 1984 for the New Orleans Saints|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Tyrone Donnive Young (born April 29, 1960) is an American former college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for two seasons during the 1980s. Young played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the NFL's New Orleans Saints.
Young was born in Ocala, Florida in 1960. He attended Forest High School in Ocala, and he was the quarterback for the Forest Wildcats high school football team. Young led the Wildcats to back-to-back Florida state football championships in 1975 and 1976.
Young accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Doug Dickey and coach Charley Pell's Florida Gators football teams from 1978 to 1982. The Gators coaching staff decided to red-shirt him as a true freshman in 1978, but he subsequently worked his way up the depth chart to briefly become the Gators' starting quarterback. He subsequently changed positions to wide receiver and was paired with another converted quarterback, Cris Collinsworth, as the Gators' star flankers. During Young's sophomore season in 1980, he was a member of the Gators team that posted the biggest one-year turnaround in the history of NCAA Division I football—from 0–10–1 in 1979 to an 8–4 bowl team in 1980. Memorably, Young caught ten passes for 183 yards against the Georgia Bulldogs in 1980, and caught a fifty-one-yard touchdown reception against the Florida State Seminoles in 1981.
Young graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in 1988.
The New Orleans Saints signed Young as an undrafted free agent in 1983, and he played for the Saints in 1983 and 1984. He saw limited action in his rookie season, but had almost 600 yards receiving as a second-year pro. In his two NFL seasons, Young played in thirty-two games and had thirty-six receptions for 682 yards and six touchdowns.
- Florida Gators football, 1980–89
- List of Florida Gators football players in the NFL
- List of New Orleans Saints players
- List of University of Florida alumni
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- National Football League, Historical Players, Tyrone Young. Retrieved August 5, 2010.
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