Roynell Young

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Roynell Young
No. 43
Position: Safety/Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1957-12-01) December 1, 1957 (age 59)
Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 181 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school: New Orleans (LA) Cohen
College: Alcorn State
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl selection (1981)
Player stats at PFR

Roynell Young (born December 1, 1957) is a former professional American football safety and cornerback who played for the Philadelphia Eagles his entire National Football League (NFL) career, from 1980 to 1988. Young was selected by the Eagles from Alcorn State University in the first round (23rd overall) of the 1980 NFL Draft. In his rookie year, he played in Super Bowl XV and was selected to the Pro Bowl in his second season. He was one of two players who played in both Super Bowl XV and The Fog Bowl for the Eagles. The other was offensive lineman Ron Baker.


In 1990, Young founded "Pro-Vision", a youth and community development organization. Originally a youth mentoring program, Young grew Pro-Vision to include an all male charter middle school, Vision Academy high school, job training program, and manhood development academy. Under his leadership, Pro-Vision has provided services to over 3,000 young men from Houston’s most underserved communities. The average high school graduation rate of Pro-Vision students is 90%.[1]

The 21-acre Pro-Vision campus is located in southeast Houston, and features an Urban Farm, 8 class rooms, technology center, and a library.

In recognition of his work at Pro-Vision, Young has received numerous awards including the Channel 13 Community Service Award and the 1998 Savvy Award presented by Foley’s and the Houston Chronicle. He has also been recognized by Governor Rick Perry, former US Secretary of Education Rod Paige, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, former Congressman Chris Bell, and Congressman Al Green.

Young’s work with Pro-Vision has been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times,[2] Men's Journal,[3] Time for Kids, and Guideposts.[4]