I’m not sure if Redskins fullback Darrel Young is a fan of literature, but his life has captured the essence of Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.”
Coming out of Villanova as a linebacker, Young went undrafted and unsigned in the 2009 NFL Draft. Most players in that position would give up on their dreams, but not Young.
When Young finally did get his chance in training camp, he couldn’t make the cut and didn’t make the team. Most players in that position would move on to other opportunities, but not Young. He focused on improving, and finally got his chance in 2010–as a fullback.
Few players have the physical skills to make a position switch at the professional level, and even fewer have the mental fortitude to handle the frustrations. Young showed that he was willing and capable of playing fullback at a high level last year, and enjoyed his first season as a starter in 2011.
Breaking the mold has been a theme in Young’s football career, starting at its very roots. Young grew...