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Buddy Young


Claude Henry Young

Inducted 1968

Date of Birth



Chicago, IL


University of Illinois (1944-1946)


They compared diminutive "Buddy" Young to the legendary "Red" Grange, and the 5-5, 163-pound Young had matched many of Grange's Illinois school records in a career filled with long, foot-dazzling runs. In 1944, Young scored 13 touchdowns to match Red's 20-year-old record. Buddy rushed for an average of 8.9 yards a carry that season, finishing second among the nation's ball carriers. Gifted with blinding speed, Young ran the 100 yards in 9.5 seconds and once tied the existing world 60-yard indoor dash record with a time of 6.1 seconds. Buddy was an All-America selection in 1944 and, after a year in the Navy, returned to lead the Illini to the Big Ten Championship in 1946. Young launched a nine-year professional career, playing for teams in New York, Dallas, and Baltimore. As a pro, Buddy scored 44 touchdowns and gained 9,419 yards, an average of more than 1,000 yards per season. The Chicago native later served on the staff of the National Football League Commissioner.


Height 5'5

Weight 163

Career Highlights

  • 1944 All-Conference
  • 1944 First Team All-America
  • 1944 Heisman - Fifth
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