Player Bio

Willie Young
OLB #97
Height:
6-4
Weight:
258
Age:
31
College:
North Carolina State
Experience:
7

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
31
SCK
7.5
FF
1
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 172 116 56 30.0 0 13 1 39 -- 39 0 2 2
2016 CHI 12 8 31 19 12 7.5 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2015 CHI 15 8 30 24 6 6.5 -- 2 1 39 39 39 0 0 --
2014 CHI 15 8 39 28 11 10.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2013 DET 16 15 47 29 18 3.0 -- 5 -- -- -- -- -- 0 2
2012 DET 16 0 11 7 4 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2011 DET 14 0 14 9 5 3.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2010 DET 2 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @HOU L 14-23 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 PHI L 14-29 7 5 2 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @DAL L 17-31 4 1 3 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
4 DET W 17-14 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 @IND L 23-29 5 4 1 3.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
6 JAX L 16-17 3 3 0 2.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
7 @GB L 10-26 1 1 0 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 MIN W 20-10 -- 0 0 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 @TB L 10-36 5 2 3 0.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
11 @NYG L 16-22 3 0 3 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
12 TEN L 21-27 2 2 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 SF W 26-6 1 1 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

PRO CAREER: Enters seventh NFL season, totaling 174 tackles, 22.5 sacks, 1 interception, 13 pass breakups, 26 TFLs, 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries in 78 career games, including 31 starts, with the Detroit Lions (2010-13) and Chicago Bears (2014-15)... Has recorded 16.5 sacks in his two seasons as a Bear after recording only 6 during his four seasons in Detroit (2010-13)... 16.5 sacks over the past two seasons leads the Bears... 10 sacks in 2014 were second most by a Bears player in their first season with the team since sacks became an official stat in 1982 behind Mark Anderson’s 12 in 2006.

PRO CAREER: Enters seventh NFL season, totaling 174 tackles, 22.5 sacks, 1 interception, 13 pass breakups, 26 TFLs, 1 forced fumble and 2 fumble recoveries in 78 career games, including 31 starts, with the Detroit Lions (2010-13) and Chicago Bears (2014-15)... Has recorded 16.5 sacks in his two seasons as a Bear after recording only 6 during his four seasons in Detroit (2010-13)... 16.5 sacks over the past two seasons leads the Bears... 10 sacks in 2014 were second most by a Bears player in their first season with the team since sacks became an official stat in 1982 behind Mark Anderson’s 12 in 2006.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Detroit Lions in the 7th round (213th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft... Signed with the Lions (6/28/10)... Re-signed with Detroit (4/15/13)... Signed with the Chicago Bears (3/13/14)... Signed two-year extension with Bears (7/30/16) through 2018.

2015 SEASON: Appeared in 15 contests (Games 1-2 & 4-16) including 8 starts (Games 5-6, 8-9, 11, 13 & 15-16), collecting 47 tackles, 6.5 sacks (second on the team), 1 interception, 12 TFLs (team-high) and 3 pass breakups... Made first career interception in Game 9 at St. Louis... Became 1-of-3 Bears players with a sack in 5- straight games (Games 9-14) along with Brian Urlacher (2000) and Steve McMichael (1983 & 1991) since sacks became an official NFL statistic in 1982... Inactive Game 3. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 15-8

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2014 - Saw action in 15 games with 8 starts recording 55 tackles – including 10 sacks and 3 TFLs – his first career forced fumble, 3 pass breakups and 13 QB pressures... His 10 sacks were tied for 15th in the NFL and led the Bears... Had 6 sacks total in the previous 4 NFL seasons (2010-13) with Detroit entering 2014... Finished 2nd in tackles (55), tied for 2nd in PBUs (3), and 3rd in TFLs (3) amongst Bears defensive linemen... Also blocked a field goal on special teams (Week 4 vs. Green Bay)... Placed on injured reserve on December 23 due to an Achilles injury, causing him to miss the season finale. 2013 - Started 15-of-16 games collecting, 47 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 PBUs, 7 TFLs and 2 FRs. Set careerhighs in tackles, PBUs, TFLs, and FRs, and tied his career-high in sacks... His 5 PBUs ranked tied for 8th in the NFL amongst defensive linemen. 2012 – Appeared in 16 contests collecting 11 tackles, 1 PBU and 1 TFL. 2011 – In 14 games, notched 14 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 PBU and 3 TFLs. 2010 – Saw action in 2 games as a rookie.

COLLEGE: Started 36-of-49 games at North Carolina State, including 28 at right defensive end and eight more on the left side.... Recorded 194 tackles (109 solos) with 20.0 sacks for minus 140 yards, 46 TFLs totaling 235 yards and 29 pressures... Caused 4 fumbles and recovered 2 others... Deflected 11 passes and intercepted 3 others for 42 yards in returns, including a TD... Became just the sixth player in school history to register 20.0 sacks during a career... 8 sacks in 2009 tied for seventh place on the school’s single-season record chart... 1-of-5 Wolfpack defenders to record at least 40 TFLs in a career, as only Mario Williams (55.5, 2003-05)had more than Young’s 46.0 on the school’s all-time record chart... 15 TFLs in 2007 tied Levar Fisher (2000), Pat Thomas (2003) and Mario Williams (2004) for 7th on State’s single-season record list... In 2009, named second-team All-ACC selection... Originally signed with the Pack in 2004, but attended prep school in the fall before enrolling back at State in Jan., 2005.

PERSONAL: Attended Palm Beach (Fla.) Gardens Community High School, where the three-sport standout competed in football, basketball and track... First-team Class 6A All-State pick at defensive end, recorded 65 tackles, including 25 for loss, and had 12.0 sacks as a senior... Made 60 tackles, 15 stops behind the line of scrimmage and 9 sacks as a junior... In basketball, averaged 10 points and 12 rebounds per game in his final season... Despite not joining the track team until midway through the season, finished fourth at the state 4A meet in the high jump.

Recent Articles

  • Players to watch versus Lions

    Posted Sep 30, 2016

    Larry Mayer and Eli Kaberon of ChicagoBears.com discuss the Bears players they'll be watching on both sides of the ball in Sunday's home game against the Detroit Lions.

  • Young inks two-year contract extension

    Posted Jul 30, 2016

    Bears veteran outside linebacker Willie Young has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2018 season.

  • Young in much better place this spring

    Posted Jun 7, 2016

    After overcoming a serious injury and learning a new position, defensive end-turned-outside linebacker Willie Young is looking to build on a productive 2015 season.

  • Veterans contribute in preseason win

    Posted Sep 3, 2015

    Thursday night's preseason finale wasn't just for the Bears' young players as many veteran defenders were key in the 24-0 win over the Browns.

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