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2014 Redskins Community Man Of The Year: Darrel Young

Posted Sep 2, 2015

Selected as the Washington Redskins’ 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year for his contributions both on the field and in the community, fullback Darrel Young was instrumental to the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation’s impact on area children.

Selected as the Washington Redskins’ 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year for his contributions both on the field and in the community, fullback Darrel Young was instrumental to the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation’s impact on area children.

“Getting out in the community doesn’t just mean a lot for the kids, it means a lot to us, too.”

Darrel Young doesn’t just talk the talk when it comes to reaching out the community – he walks the walk.

Accordingly, the Redskins fullback on Wednesday was named the 2014 Redskins Community Man of the Year award winner at the Washington Redskins Welcome Home Luncheon.

“To give back to the community is such a big opportunity for us,” Young said. “Every Tuesday you’ll see a group of Redskins players out there, really trying to make a difference in these kids’ lives, and the Redskins Charitable Foundation allows us to do that.”

Young, who was also selected as the Washington Redskins’ 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year recipient for his contributions on the field and in the community, led his Redskins teammates in community events attended in 2014 with a total of 34 throughout the year.

His ability to make an impact is applicable to wherever Young spends his time, and has not been limited a specific cause. He instills the importance of education with appearances at local schools, showcases the value of physical activity through Play 60 events and provides guidance spending one-on-one time mentoring local youth, specifically through the “Big Brothers, Big Sister” program.

For Young, there’s no better way to give back to the community than giving kids an afternoon of fun and memories that will be cherished on both sides for long afterwards.

In addition to his work with the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, Young is focused on supporting military personnel. During his career, Young has visited troops overseas in Honduras, Japan, Africa and El Salvador.

Young was raised in a military family, as his father served in the Army and his brother, Sgt. 1st Class David Young, Jr., has served for more than 16 years, completing several tours in the Middle East in recent years.

“What makes Darrel Young so special is not only his desire to give back in a variety of ways – to children, to our military – but his leadership and his character,” said Jane Rodgers, Executive Director of the WRCF. “Darrel has taken an active role with our rookies and even our veterans, encouraging his teammates to be more active in the community.”

Young’s presence is certainly felt on the field, too. He joined the Redskins as a college free agent linebacker out of Villanova in 2009, and has since transitioned into one of the league’s most dynamic fullbacks since switching to the position prior to the 2010 season. For his career, Young has totaled 45 rushes for 175 yards (3.9 avg.) and 7 rushing touchdowns, as well as 39 receptions for 410 yards and six receiving touchdowns.

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