Sports career has been a top preference of many people in the last few years, and hence, the competition to debut in any of the sport’s fields has become more difficult than ever. In the competitive world of the NFL, players often struggle to make their names in any of 32 franchises and Byron Young has been one of them to witness ups and downs on his way to the league.
Byron’s journey to reach the national football field is more or less like a Hollywood movie script that saw a successful end after the Los Angeles Rams signed him lately.
Who is rookie LB Byron Young?
Young is a player from the Tennessee Titan’s NFL Draft class. He became the fifth player from the franchise to start his NFL career after the Rams signed his rookie deal on Friday.
“He’s projected to sign a four-year, $5,556,668 rookie contract that includes a $1,041,213 signing bonus and will carry a cap figure of $1,010,303 in 2023,” per nfltraderumors.com.
In two seasons at Tennessee, the third-round edge rusher recorded 83 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss along with 12.5 sacks throughout 23 career matches. In 2021, the junior college transfer had 5.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss along with 46 total tackles. Last season, he recorded 7.0 sacks and 12.0 tackles for loss with a total of 37 tackles.
Byron Young’s journey from assistant manager to NFL
Byron went to Gulf Coast Sports Academy out of high school in 2017 to improve his football skill, however, the program dissolved unfortunately.
The 25-year-old later started his journey as an assistant manager at a Georgia Dollar General store for nearly three years and later joined Georgia Military College in 2019 after seeing football tryout information on a flyer. He unfortunately didn’t receive any offers till late fall in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic before being noticed by the Volunteers coaching staff.
The former Tennessee Volunteers defensive end was selected by the Rams 77th overall in March this year and is set to become the first player in the history of the franchise to wear the No. 0 jersey. He wore No. 6 during his earlier seasons at Tennessee.
After a prolonged journey, Young has been able to make the best use of his young age by heading to the NFL. Will he be able to establish himself as a poster boy in the league? Let us know in the comments section.