Willie Young (defensive end)

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For the American football player born in 1943, see Willie Young (offensive tackle).
Willie Young
No. 97     Chicago Bears
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-09-19) September 19, 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth: Riviera Beach, Florida
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 251 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school: Palm Beach Gardens (FL)
College: North Carolina State
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 7 / Pick: 213
Debuted in 2010 for the Detroit Lions
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-ACC (2009)
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Tackles 72
Sacks 6.0
Forced Fumbles 0
Interceptions 0
Stats at NFL.com

Willie Young (born September 19, 1985) is an American football defensive end for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at NC State.

Early life[edit]

Young was born on September 19, 1985 in Riviera Beach, Florida. He attended Palm Beach Gardens Community High School, where he played basketball and football as a defensive lineman and ran track. As a junior in 2003, he recorded 60 tackles including 15 for loss and nine quarterback sacks. As a senior, he recorded 65 tackles including 25 for loss and 12 sacks.[1] Scout.com rated him a three-star college prospect, and he accepted a scholarship offer from NC State. Young has a younger brother name Avery Young who plays offensive lineman for the Auburn Tigers.[2]

College career[edit]

Young attended North Carolina State University, from which he received a bachelor's degree in science and technology. He sat out the 2005 season on redshirt status. In 2006, he played in all 12 games including five starts and recorded 44 tackles including 24 solo and five for loss, one pass broken up, five quarterback hurries, and one interception returned 34 yards for a touchdown.[3] In 2007, he saw action in all 12 games including eight starts. He recorded 16 tackles for loss, 24 quarterback hurries, and broke up six passes.[1] In 2008, he started 12 games and recorded 12.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and 26 quarterback hurries.[1] The NFL Draft Scout rated Young the 18th-ranked defensive end of the 182 available for the 2010 NFL Draft and projected him as a fifth or six round selection.[4]

Professional career[edit]

2010 NFL Draft[edit]

Young was selected by the Detroit Lions as the 213th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Detroit Lions[edit]

He spent his rookie season inactive for all but 2 games. He played 14 games in the 2011 season.

[5] In 2013, Young gained media attention after taunting the New England Patriot's quarterback, Tom Brady. In the second quarter of a pre-season game, Young helped force Brady to throw an incomplete pass. After the play, Young grabbed Brady's jersey and stuck his finger in the quarterback's face. As a result, a 15 yard penalty was thrown. In addition, Young was also benched after the play.

Chicago Bears[edit]

On March 13, 2014, Young signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Chicago Bears. He is expected to be backup behind Lamarr Houston. and jared allen.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Willie Young, NC State, retrieved August 7, 2009.
  2. ^ Willie Young Profile, Scout.com, retrieved August 7, 2009.
  3. ^ 2006 Cumulative season Statistics, NC State, retrieved August 7, 2009.
  4. ^ Willie Young, The NFL Draft Scout, retrieved August 7, 2009.
  5. ^ Huffington Post, retrieved August 24, 2013
  6. ^ Bears sign DE Young, WR Hixon

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