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."