Bill Young (American football)

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Bill Young
No. 37
Position: Offensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1914-05-20)May 20, 1914
Place of birth: North Little Rock, Arkansas
Date of death: January 21, 1994(1994-01-21) (aged 79)
Place of death: Jacksonville, Florida
Career information
High school: North Little Rock
College: Alabama
Undrafted: 1937
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 59
Touchdowns: 1
Stats at
Stats at

William A. Young, Jr (May 20, 1914 – January 21, 1994) was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins.

Early life[edit]

Young was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas and attended North Little Rock High School.

College career[edit]

Young attended and played college football at the University of Alabama. As a sophomore in 1934, he helped the Crimson Tide finish the season with a perfect record (10–0 overall, 7–0 in the SEC), as Southeastern Conference champions for the second consecutive season and as national champions after they defeated Stanford in the Rose Bowl.[1][2] Alabama was selected national champion in 1934 by Dunkel, Houlgate, Poling System and Williamson.[2] Sportswriter Morgan Blake called it the best football team he ever saw.

Professional career[edit]


After going undrafted in 1937, Young was signed by the Washington Redskins. During his rookie season, the Redskins won their first league championship, the 1937 NFL Championship Game, on December 12, 1937, against the Chicago Bears, their first year in D.C. The Redskins then met the Bears again in the 1940 NFL Championship Game on December 8, 1940.[3] The result, 73–0 in favor of the Bears, is still the worst one-sided loss in NFL history.[3] Young then played in his third championship game, the 1942 NFL Championship on December 13, 1942, where the Redskins won their second championship, 14–6.[3]

Young left the team on January 8, 1943 and enlisted in the United States Navy as a chief specialist during World War II.[4][5]


Young was the head coach for the Furman University football team from 1950 to 1954.


Young died on January 21, 1994 in Jacksonville, Florida.


  1. ^ Thornton, Jay (November 20, 1934). "Tide surges over Vandy, 34 to 0, in great show of power". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives). p. 6. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "National Poll Champions" (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. p. 73. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Washington Redskins playoff history". ESPN. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Bill Young in Navy". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News Archives). January 10, 1943. p. 8. Retrieved April 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Gone Pro: Alabama: Stories of the Crimson Tide Athletes Who Became Pros". Retrieved 2015-04-17. 

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