Charle Young’s PAC-12 All-Century Team Honors

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Charle Young made a name for himself in the NFL as a safety over his 13-year career, including NFL Rookie of the Year honors in 1973.

His most recent honor was being named to the Pac-12’s “All Century Team” as a safety for USC. And the NCAA delivered some nice keepsakes to Young, including a ring, to commemorate this honor.



Charle Young

Charle Young

Young was a unanimous first-team All-America at USC in 1972, and he appeared in the Hula Bowl and College All-Star Game. Nicknamed “Tree” by an assistant coach because of his long arms, Young was a  First-Team All-Conference selection who led the Trojans to a Pacific-8 Conference title and a national championship in 1972.

Named USC’s Lineman of the Year in 1972, Young set a school record for receptions by a tight end with 62. In three seasons, he amassed 1,008 receiving yards and ten touchdowns. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

Three of his five children also attended USC, including daughter Candace, a member of the Trojans’ 2001 NCAA championship track and field team.

Young played for the Philadelphia Eagles (1973-1976, NFL Rookie of the Year in 1973), Los Angeles Rams (1977-1979), San Francisco 49ers (1980-1982 – Super Bowl XVI Champions), and Seattle Seahawks (1983-1986).


The notification letter sent to Charle from the Pac-12.

Young is joined by other former and current Seahawks with Pac-12 ties:

• Coach Pete Carroll – USC
• QB  Warren Moon – UW
• WR  Mike Williams – USC
• TE   Charle Young – USC
• DT   Keith Millard – WSU
• LB   Ken Norton – UCLA (Asst. Coach with Seahawks)
• CB   Marcus Trufant – WSU
• S     Kenny Easley – UCLA
• S     Lawyer Milloy – UW
• K     Ryan Longwell – Cal