Wilbur Young

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Wilbur Young
No. 99
Position: Defensive tackle/end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1949-04-20)April 20, 1949
Place of birth: New York City, New York
Date of death: July 5, 2014(2014-07-05) (aged 65)
Place of death: Charlottesville, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High school: James Monroe (NY)
College: William Penn
NFL Draft: 1971 / Round: 2 / Pick: 39
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 153
Games started: 98
Interceptions: 2
Touchdowns: 2
Fumble recoveries: 11
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Wilbur Eugene Young, Jr. (April 20, 1949 – July 5, 2014) was an American football defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins and the Arizona Wranglers of the United States Football League (USFL).

Early life[edit]

Young was born in New York City, New York and attended James Monroe High School in the Bronx.

College career[edit]

Young played college football at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa. While attending William Penn, he was a two-time 1st Team All-Conference defensive tackle. In 1969 and 1970, he was named a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American. As a senior, Young was invited to play in the Chicago College All-Star Game.[1] In addition to football, he also lettered and set a school record in the shot put for the track and field program.[2] He graduated from William Penn in May 1971 with a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education. Young was inducted into the William Penn Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985[1] and the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2002.[2]

Professional career[edit]


Young was drafted in the second round (39th overall) of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, where he played from 1971 to 1977. After the 1978 NFL Draft, during which the Chiefs drafted defensive players Art Still and Sylvester Hicks, Young was traded to the San Diego Chargers for wide receiver Larry Dorsey. He played for the Chargers from 1978 to 1980. In 1979 with San Diego, starting defensive tackle Louie Kelcher was sidelined for all but three minutes after a knee operation, but Young filled in and was named All-Pro by Sports Illustrated and United Press International.[3][4] In 1981, he was traded to the Washington Redskins for offensive lineman Jeff Williams.[5] However, in November 1981, the Redskins cut Young. He was then claimed by the Chargers, where he finished the season and played in 1982.


In 1984, Young played for the Arizona Wranglers of the United States Football League.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from football, Young became an assistant coach at Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia during which he helped lead the football team to their first state championship appearance in 2003 and first state championship victory in 2007.[1][6] He also coached shot put for the Monticello track and field team.

Personal life[edit]

Young lived in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he worked at several homes for wayward boys and challenged adults, coached high school sports and worked in the customer service industry.

Young died on July 5, 2014 at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Remembering Wilbur E. Young, Jr". Oskalossa News. July 7, 2014. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.statesmenathletics.com/hof/72.php
  3. ^ Zimmerman, Paul (September 8, 1980). "Afc West". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on January 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ Zimmerman, Paul (December 24, 1979). "The Gospel According To Paul". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on January 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Redskins Trade Williams for Wilbur Young". The Washington Post. May 16, 1981. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  6. ^ a b "Service for Young to be held at Monticello on Saturday". The Daily Progress. July 14, 2014. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 

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