As if Washington Redskins’ fullback Darrel Young needed any more adrenaline last season in the team’s season-opener against the New York Giants — Young’s first-career start — the Villanova product was also hyped by the presence of his brother, David, who has done several military tours in the Middle East in recent years.
That game against the Giants had lots of military ties: it was the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks; the Redskins received a pregame speech from former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell; and several members of the military and their families were in the FedExField stands to take in the game.
The Redskins ended up defeating the Giants 28-14 in that game, but experiencing the game with his brother was something Young said he’d never forget.
Young talked about the experience recently with SonOfWashington.com:
“Words couldn’t describe how I felt about that moment, that being my first game as a starter too, so as you can imagine my emotions were high and my adrenaline was pumping,” he said. “But I was more excited to see (David’s) face than to know what it would be like to be a starter on that day.”
Young grew up in an Army household with 12 brothers and sisters.
“I loved just to see (David’s) face when the flag dropped, and just to know that the people were clapping for all the troops,” Young said. “To know that he was actually over in Afghanistan, where guys were away from their families, it was an honor for me, to actually walk out and see him in the stands, appreciating everything they do for the country, my family, and even himself.”
Young’s appreciation of the military extends far beyond his own family members, however. He also has recently spent time traveling the globe visiting military servicemen and women.
You know what they say about payback…
To jump topics, Young also told SonOfWashington.com that he feels like he has added incentives every time he plays against the Giants, his favorite team growing up that he said never really gave him a chance after he worked out with the squad.
So I can’t imagine what Young was feeling in Week 15 last season when he scored his first-ever touchdown with the Redskins against the Giants in Washington’s 23-10 win against the eventual Super Bowl champions.
“I feel like I had a chip on my shoulder when I played against the Giants,” Young said. “It’s just that I’ve got something to prove when I play them. Every week I have something to prove, but more so with the Giants, being a hometown guy and I didn’t get a look from them, so it was something special when I scored that touchdown.”
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