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Darrel Young's former coach at Amityville has high praise for star player

Darrel Young of the Washington Redskins celebrates his

Darrel Young of the Washington Redskins celebrates his touchdown against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Dec. 18, 2011) Credit: Getty

Darrel Young's success in the NFL comes as no surprise to Frank DeVenuto, his former coach at Amityville High School.

"Where do I begin?" DeVenuto said of the Redskins fullback, whose team hosts the Giants on Sunday night. "He's a very special, talented young man who always put things in its proper perspective, and that started at home. He comes from a genuine family that is hard-working."

Young helped lead the Warriors to the Suffolk IV championship as a senior in 2004. He also won the 2003 Collotta Award, given to the top linebacker in the county. He was All-Long Island as a senior and made the second team as a junior.

Young's road to the NFL wasn't an easy one. He signed with the Redskins as a free agent on May 6, 2009, was waived, was signed to the team's practice squad, was released and signed again as a free agent on Jan. 5, 2010.

"What separates him from the other fullbacks in the NFL," DeVenuto said, "is that not only can he get you that extra yard for a first down, but he has the speed of a halfback and the hands of a wide receiver."

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