Class of 2022: Bryant Young intends to maintain Hall of Fame ‘gold standard’

By Daniel May
Professional Football Hall of Fame

When the legendary defensive end BRYANT YOUNG crosses the stage on August 6 at the 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame, he will cement his place in football history among the 362 enshrined.

During his 14 years with the San Francisco 49ers (1994-2007), Young played in 208 games and recorded 89.5 sacks – the second most in franchise history. Young also had 504 tackles and 11 forced fumbles.

His most impressive stat, however, might be his 14 years with the team. Every snap of his career was in a red and gold jersey. His dedication and loyalty are traits compatible with many Hall of Famers, including the likes of TROY AIKMAN (11 years with the Dallas Cowboys) and compatriot consecrated in 2022 LeROY BUTLER (12 years with the Green Bay Packers).

In a recent interview, Young spoke about his gratitude to God for allowing him to play for a team his entire career.

“Most people don’t have the opportunity to end their career where it started,” Young said. “I don’t take that for granted. It all depends on God’s timing.

Bryant’s 14 seasons with the 49ers are enough to place him fourth in games played with the team.

As Bryant looks to the future, he admitted he’s started preparing to join another team — an eternal one with the other Hall of Famers.

“I thought about how to use this position for a greater good. There are more responsibilities on me now as a Hall of Famer,” he said. “After all, the Hall of Fame is the gold standard.”

Bryant clarified that the Hall is not just a museum, but a family that encourages its members to use its benefits.

“The Hall of Fame supports Hall of Famers and their businesses and the businesses of their families,” Young said. “The Hall of Fame goes to incredible lengths to support Hall of Fame members and their communities.”

Young concluded his interview by sharing how he went from playing for an iconic 49ers franchise to now being enshrined in “Football Heaven.”

However, he will not retire from this team.

Daniel May is a student at Buffalo State University and is an intern this summer at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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