Darrel Young is a free agent fullback most recently playing for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent as a linebacker prospect in 2009. Young has also been a member of the Chicago Bears. He played college football as a linebacker at Villanova University.
Young signed a futures contract with the Washington Redskins on January 5, 2010. When he reported for camp, Young was surprised to learn that he had been converted to a fullback. Mike Shanahan stated, “Just the way he hit, we needed some fullbacks and we thought since he had good hands he might be the ideal candidate,” which was the reason for Young’s transition. The position wasn’t completely foreign to Young, who was recruited to Villanova as a running back before he was moved to linebacker. He ended up making the Redskins’ final 53-man roster as the backup fullback after all cuts were made. On November 15, 2010, Young scored his first career receiving touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles.
After working behind veteran Mike Sellers in 2010, Darrel Young took over as the starter in 2011. He scored his first career rushing touchdown in Week 15 against the New York Giants.
In 2012, despite missing every preseason game, Young was able to start in the season opener against the New Orleans Saints. In the Week 6 win against the Minnesota Vikings, he caught a six-yard pass from Robert Griffin III for a touchdown. He would score his second touchdown for the season after catching another six-yard pass in the end zone.
Set to be a restricted free agent in the 2013 season, Darrel Young re-signed with the Redskins to a $6.2 million, three-year contract on March 9, 2013. On November 3, 2013, Young recorded three rushing touchdowns, the last being the game-winning score in overtime against the San Diego Chargers. He would then score a 62-yard touchdown reception against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11.
The featured white Carolina Panthers long sleeve nike shirt was issued to and worn by Darrel Young in 2017 Training Camp as a member of the Carolina Panthers. The versatile fullback has signed the shirt in black. There is a Carolina Panthers player issued “P. CONNOR” label which is crossed out. It is a common practice for teams to re-use shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, etc. Young’s #36 is written in black in the collar. The shirt shows wear.