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Sam Young
Sam Young

Defensive Back


Member of the 1998 and 1999 NCAA FCS Playoff teams and 1999 Gateway Champions ... named the NCAA FCS Defensive Player of the Year and a First-Team All-America selection by the Football Gazette in 1999 ... selected as a Third-Team All-American by The Sports Network that same season ... honorable mention All-America selection by the Football Gazette in 2000 ... two-time All-Gateway Conference First-Team selection (1999-2000) ... earned three Rawlings Gateway Defensive Player of the Week honors during the 1999 season ... led the league that year in passes broken up with 21 ... played and started in all 32 games played and finished his career with 201 total tackles, four interceptions and three blocked kicks ... ISU all-time leader in passes broken up in a single game (6), single season (21) and career (46) ... played professional football in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers (2001) and Denver Broncos (2002) ... won NFL Europe World Bowl X in 2002 with the Berlin Thunder and holds the record for most tackles in a World Bowl game (12 unassisted) ... also spent time in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders (2003), British Columbia Lions (2004-06), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2006) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2007-2008).