Player Bio

Willie Young
LB #97
Height:
6-4
Weight:
251
Age:
29
College:
North Carolina State
Hometown:
Riviera Beach, FL
Experience:
6

Quick Stats (2015 PRE):

TCKL
2
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 111 73 38 16.0 0 9 0 0 -- 0 0 1 2
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 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

PRO CAREER: Totaled 127 tackles, 16 sacks, 10 PBUs, 14 TFLs, 1 FF and 2 FRs in 63 career games, including 23 starts, with the Detroit Lions (2010-13) and Chicago Bears (2014)… Has posted an increase on his tackle and sack totals in each of his last three seasons (2012-14)… Recorded 10 sacks in his first season as a Bear after recording only 6 during his four seasons in Detroit (2010-13)... 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: Totaled 127 tackles, 16 sacks, 10 PBUs, 14 TFLs, 1 FF and 2 FRs in 63 career games, including 23 starts, with the Detroit Lions (2010-13) and Chicago Bears (2014)… Has posted an increase on his tackle and sack totals in each of his last three seasons (2012-14)… Recorded 10 sacks in his first season as a Bear after recording only 6 during his four seasons in Detroit (2010-13)... 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 through 2016

2014 SEASON: 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. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 15-8

PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2013 - Started 15-of-16 games collecting, 47 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 PBUs, 7 TFLs and 2 FRs. Set career-highs 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

  • Young, Houston cleared to practice

    Posted Jul 29, 2015

    Having recovered from last year's season-ending leg injuries, Willie Young and Lamarr Houston both have been cleared to participate in the Bears' first training camp practice Thursday.

  • Willie Young exits with Achilles' injury

    Posted Dec 21, 2014

    The Bears lost more than a game Sunday as defensive end Willie Young exited their 20-14 defeat to the Lions early in the second half with an Achilles' injury.

  • New role, same mentality for Young

    Posted Nov 6, 2014

    Defensive end Willie Young will help fill the void created by Lamarr Houston’s season-ending injury. But the Bears’ most productive pass rusher won’t alter his approach.

  • Young looks to catch quarterbacks

    Posted Sep 19, 2014

    Just two games into his Bears career, defensive end and avid fisherman Willie Young has already made a big impact.

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