Tyrone Young, American football player, Died at 55

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Tyrone Donnive Young, born on April 29, 1960, and passed away October 15, 2015.

Tyrone Young was an American professional football player who played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints

Tyrone Donnive Young was born in Ocala, Florida in 1960.

He attended Forest High School in Ocala, where he was the quarterback for the Forest Wildcats high school football team. Tyrone Young led the Wildcats to back-to-back Florida state football championships in 1975 and 1976.

Young received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he then played for coach Doug Dickey and coach Charley Pell’s Florida Gators football teams from 1978 to 1982.

The Gators coaching staff decided to red-shirt him as a true freshman in 1978, but he subsequently worked his way up the depth chart to briefly become the Gators’ starting quarterback.

He subsequently changed positions to wide receiver and was paired with another converted quarterback, on the same team.

In 1980, During Young’s sophomore season  he was a member of the Gators team that posted the biggest one-year turnaround in the history of NCAA Division I football—from 0–10–1 in 1979 to an 8–4 bowl team in 1980.

In his time Young caught ten passes for 183 yards against the Georgia Bulldogs in 1980, which remains the eighth best single-game performance by a Gators wide receiver.
He also caught a fifty-one-yard touchdown reception against the Florida State Seminoles in 1981.

Young graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in 1988.

Young died at age 55 on October 15, 2015, in California, after battling cancer since 2004.