The Detroit Lions face the Atlanta Falcons in a pre-season game on Friday, August 12, 2022 (8/12/22) at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan.
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What: NFL Preseason, Week 1
Who: Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions
When: Friday, August 12, 2022
Where: Ford Field
Time: 18:00 ET
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Bryant Young straddled the classic football division between discipline and ferocity more skillfully than any player of his generation.
For every minute of his 14-year NFL career spent entirely with the San Francisco 49ers, Young was an exemplary teammate and soft-spoken leader who selflessly made everyone around him better.
And for 60 minutes on most autumn Sundays, Young was one of the most fearsome and ruthless defensive midfielders his team-mates and opponents had ever seen.
Young did not see the dichotomy as a contradiction. In fact, he loves the chance to go a little crazy while being a grown man who measures in every area of his rich life.
“Football is a very chaotic, violent physical sport,” Young said with a smile. “It’s a controlled mess. You don’t get better and you don’t get ahead of the game by being this passive and kind individual.”
Yet that’s exactly what Young did as one of the most inspiring players and one of the truly good people of his NFL era.
In addition to his production and resilience in one of the sport’s most brutal positions, Young’s ability to inspire—both through his play and through his response to unimaginable setbacks on and off the pitch—finally earned him entry into this Pro Football Hall of Fame. summer, almost 15 years after his last game.
Usually, Young feels responsible when he finds out that he will finally get the gold jacket.
“I want to make sure that I do well and handle it with care,” Young said. “I want to do a great job representing all the members of the fraternity.”
Young is a model of leadership, production, and punishing play, but he’s not one to attract flashy attention on the pitch or a flamboyant personality far from him.
Maybe that’s why he waited so long for his funeral—and why it might not have happened at all if a group of six offensive linemen hadn’t been brought together by the former 49ers PR director last December to shoot a testimonial video nudging voters to vote for Young.
One of the best three-tech defensive tackles of his era, Young had 89 1/2 sacks and earned four Pro Bowl picks in an era rich in talent in that position. He earned the All-Pro nod in 1996, his most remarkable statistical season with 84 tackles, 11 1/2 sacks and two saves.
Safety Lance Schulters played his first four NFL seasons with Young in San Francisco from 1998 to 2001. Schulters admits he was a trash-talking defensive defender who absorbed some lessons about professionalism and accountability from the quiet Young.
“He doesn’t talk much, but when he does, you better be quiet and pay attention,” Schulters said. “I learned from his toughness and mental fortitude, from his study habits — he would be the first one there, the last one to leave. Always on top of his game, taking care of his body. And then in the game, how he controls and toys with those guards, you can’t believe it. He’s an amazing team-mate. I like BY.”
The 50-year-old Young seems to have been a setback his entire life.
Young grew up in Chicago Heights with two older brothers and a father who worked for the Ford Motor Company. Although he didn’t play soccer until his freshman year at Bloom High School – initially thinking he would be a fullback – his talent eventually led him to Notre Dame.
He was a three-year starter for Lou Holtz’s Fighting Irish, becoming the team captain, a staunch leader – and finally, the second defensive midfielder to be selected in the 1994 draft.
Young is seventh overall out of the 49ers, who swapped to add young talent to an already outstanding team coming off two consecutive NFC championship game appearances. Young is the bridge to the future for a defense full of veteran talent including Dana Stubblefield, Rickey Jackson, Ken Norton Jr, Tim McDonald, Merton Hanks and Deion Sanders.
San Francisco won it all in his rookie season, with Young starting the Super Bowl win over San Diego. Although the Niners never returned to the Super Bowl during Young’s career, they remained a consistent winning team until his final season.
Young called it a “big blessing” to play for just one team: “I know that most people don’t get the chance to finish their careers where they started, so I don’t take it lightly.”
The biggest challenge in Young’s career came at the end of the 1998 season when his left shin was broken by a Norton helmet. Young spent more than two weeks in hospital and required extensive surgery only to save his leg from complications.
Schulters was the rookie of the season. Like the rest of Young’s teammates, he was impressed by Young’s return for the 1999 season opener. Young was the clear choice as the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year after a dominant 11 sack campaign.
“I was amazed,” said Schulters. “We were all like, ‘Sit somewhere!’ But not. BY is there. I don’t know how you can do it mentally. For it to happen to your body, to deal with it, and then come back the next season? It was incredible.”
After retiring in 2007, Young moved to North Carolina with his wife, Kristin, and their six children. He has also coached defense for the San Jose State, Notre Dame, Florida and Atlanta Falcons.
The Youngs also endured the unimaginable pain of losing their 15-year-old son, Colby, to pediatric brain cancer in 2016. Bryant Young handled the tragedy with the same maturity and strength that has been the foundation of his entire life, and he emerged with determination to continue living selflessly and leadership.
“For the youths, the advice I would give them is: Never, never be complacent,” says Young. “Always find opportunities to get better and progress. There is always work to be done. Don’t get wrapped up in one direction. There are always opportunities when you stay open and you remain teachable. Stay focused on what lies ahead, and always be open to improvement.”
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
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