University of Southern California
Tight End, 1970-72
Continuing in a long line of celebrated Southern California greats, tight end Charles Young will become the fifth Trojan in five years to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
A unanimous First Team All-America in 1972, Young appeared in the Hula Bowl and College All-Star Game. A First Team All-Conference selection, he led USC to two Rose Bowl appearances and both a PAC-8 Conference title and National Championship in 1972. Named USC’s Lineman of the Year in 1972, Young’s 68 receptions were a school record by a tight end. In three seasons, he amassed 1,090 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.
Following graduation, Young earned NFL Rookie of the Year honors with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1973 and went on to play for 13 seasons in the NFL with four teams. He earned All-Pro honors four times and won a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers in 1983.
A staunch community supporter, Young volunteers with the United Way, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Society, and Pacific Northwest Athletic Congress. A volunteer for the 1990 Goodwill Games, he participated in the Black Men Professional Breakfast and is a board member of the Wee Care Childcare Center.
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