Adrian Young (American football)

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Adrian Young
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Young from 1968 USC yearbook
No. 35, 51, 54
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1946-01-31) January 31, 1946 (age 71)
Place of birth: Dublin, Ireland
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 232 lb (105 kg)
Career information
High school: La Puente (CA) Bishop Amat
College: USC
NFL Draft: 1968 / Round: 3 / Pick: 68
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Matthew Adrian Young Jr. (born January 31, 1946) is a former American football linebacker who played six seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Young played college football for the University of Southern California (USC), and earned All-American honors. The Philadelphia Eagles chose him in the third round of the 1968 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Eagles, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears.

Young was born in Dublin, Ireland. He attended Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente, California, and played high school football for the Amat Lancers.[1]

Young enrolled in the University of Southern California, where he played for the USC Trojans football team from 1965 to 1967. Following his 1967 senior season, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American.[2]

He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round, 68th overall pick, of the 1968 NFL Draft, and he played for the Eagles for five seasons from 1968 to 1972. He played part of the 1972 NFL season for the Detroit Lions, and played his last NFL season for the Chicago Bears in 1973. During his six NFL seasons, he appeared in 52 regular season games, and started 24 of them.

He was also a member of The Hawaiians of the World Football League (WFL) in 1974.


  1. ^ "Adrian Young". Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Adrian Young". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 

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