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Brian Young
Defensive Tackle
Jersey #(s)
Born July 8, 1977 (1977-07-08) (age 32)
Career information
Year(s) 20002008
NFL Draft 2000 / Round: 5 / Pick: 139
College Texas-El Paso
Professional teams
Career stats
Sacks 22.5
Tackles 298
Interceptions 1
Stats at
Career highlights and awards
  • WAC Defensive Player of the Year (1999)
  • 2X First-team All-WAC (1998, 1999)

James Brian Young (born July 8, 1977 in Lawton, Oklahoma) is a former American football defensive tackle who played for the St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He played college football at Texas-El Paso.


Early years

Young lettered in football and track at Andress High School in El Paso, Texas. As a senior he was All-District, All-City, and honorable mention All-State in football.

College career

In 1996, while Playing as a true freshman, Young finished his freshman year season with 13 tackles (3 for a loss) and 1.5 sacks. As a sophomore in 1997, Young finished his sophomore year season with 45 tackles, 7 for a loss, and 3 sacks. As a junior in 1998 Young was named All-WAC and had totaled 72 tackles (8 for a loss) and 3.5 sacks. As a senior in 1999 at UTEP, Young was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year for an 84-tackle (16 for loss) and a 8 sack season for the Miners. He ended his college career at UTEP with a total of 214 tackles (34 for losses) and 16 sacks.

Professional career


St. Louis Rams

Young was drafted in the 5th round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. On July 6, 2000, he signed a 3-year contract worth $950,000.

The following year he became a starter for the Rams, he recorded 40 tackles and 6.5 sacks and intercepted a pass for the NFC Champion Rams. In 2002 he played in all 16 games with 2 starts at defensive tackle and 1 start at left defensive end. For the season he had 36 tackles and 2 sacks. As a restricted free agent after the 2002 season, Young signed a one-year tender from the Rams for $610,000. In 2003 he nearly duplicated his 2002 statistics by recording 34 tackles and 2 sacks.

New Orleans Saints

On March 11, 2004, Young signed a four-year, $10 million free-agent contract with the New Orleans Saints. As a starter for the Saints in 2004 Young had 59 tackles and 2.5 sacks. In 2005 he had 51 tackles but failed to record a sack.

In 2006 the Saints were the NFL's Cinderella story and Young contributed 46 tackles and 5.5 sacks. In 2007 Young had a pneumonia-shortened year, playing in only 9 games but still he recorded 3 sacks and 18 tackles.

On February 29, 2008, the Saints re-signed DT Brian Young to a three-year, $12 million contract. Following a second straight season in which he was placed on injured reserve, he was released on April 28, 2009.


On July 10, 2009, KTSM-TV, also known as NewsChannel 9, the NBC affiliate based in El Paso, Texas reported that he had retired from the NFL due to his injuries and was considering going into coaching.

Though knee injuries ended Brian Young's playing career after nine seasons. He's spending the 2009 season with the Saints as an unpaid assistant coaching intern. 'Coach' Young

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