Walter Young (American football)

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For the Major League Baseball player with the same name, see Walter Young (baseball player).
For the former NFL player of the 1930s who was killed in action in World War II, see Waddy Young.
Walter Young
No. 83, 18
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-12-07) December 7, 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth: Chicago Heights, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Illinois
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 7 / Pick: 226
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards: 17
Receptions: 1
Games played: 9
Player stats at NFL.com

Walter Lee Young, Jr. (born December 7, 1979) is an American football wide receiver formerly on the practice squad of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was originally a seventh round pick (226th overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft out of the University of Illinois by the Carolina Panthers.

Born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, USA, Young attended Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois, where he earned all-state honors as a quarterback.

Originally a quarterback, Young switched to wide receiver as a redshirt sophomore at the University of Illinois in 2000. Starting seven games that year, Young finished the season with 27 receptions for 403 yards. As a junior, Young started 11 games and finished second on the team with 50 catches for 890 yards and eight touchdowns, while averaging a team-leading 17.8 yards per catch. In his senior year of 2002, Young started 12 games and again ranked second on the team with 56 catches for 822 yards and six touchdowns. Young finished his college career ranking third on the Illini all-time list with 2,382 receiving yards and 15 touchdown receptions, and sixth with 147 receptions.

As a college player at Illinois, Young also played on the Fighting Illini basketball team. As a junior (2001–02), Young played in two games for the basketball team, managing to score two points in a game against Wisconsin. Young became the first Fighting Illini athlete since 1973 to appear in games for both the football and basketball teams in the same season.

In 2006, Young played for the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe. Young finished the regular season as the team's second-leading receiver, with 31 receptions for 370 yards and 3 touchdowns in 10 games.

In the 2006 NFL season, Young played in two games with the Steelers and recorded his first career NFL catch (17 yards from Ben Roethlisberger). He was cut from the Pittsburgh Steelers roster on September 1, 2007.

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