For half an hour on Thursday, members of the U.S. Armed Forces got to hang out with Darrel Young.
As a part of Salute to Service Week here at Redskins Park, Young took part in a Google+ Heroes Hangout with military personnel from Fort Meade and Fort Bragg and one sergeant stationed in Italy.
Young fielded questions from the service members and told stories about receiving tough love from his older brother David, a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army stationed in Afghanistan, his unorthodox path to the NFL the day he thought the Redskins cut him for a second time
Young was practice squad linebacker before Mike Shanahan became the head coach. He was waived from the practice squad in 2009, but brought back as a free agent in 2010.
When he came back to the facility, he went to a linebackers meeting, but his new position coach didn’t have Young’s name on his list. After a meeting that made him nervous, Young went to the weight room to work out some stress. He got in 1o minutes of lifting before a scout grabbed Young and told him Shanahan wanted to see him in his office.
“I walked upstairs. I’m sweating. I’m drenched. I had my gray shirt on, and I’m covered in sweat. I walk in, and Shanahan says, ‘Hey, Mr. Young. How’re you doing?’ I said, ‘I’ll be alright. I just want to know what I’m getting cut for.’ He said, ‘Getting cut? Where did you get that from?'”
The coaching staff moved Young to fullback, and now he’s started 24 games.
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