DT/DE

Bryant Young

Class of 2022

Career Sacks

89.5

Games

208

Pro Bowls

4

Seasons

14

Joining the San Francisco 49ers after an accomplished collegiate career at the University of Notre Dame, Bryant Young was expected to anchor the interior of the team’s defensive line.

He met that challenge and also anchored the locker room with a presence that was reflected in the numerous team-issued awards he piled up over his 14 NFL seasons.

The 49ers selected Bryant with the seventh overall pick of the 1994 NFL Draft. His impact was immediate: six sacks in 16 starts and a spot on the NFL All-Rookie Team.

By 1996, he had blossomed into a dominant force at defensive tackle, turning in his best season statistically: 84 tackles, four passes defensed, two safeties and 11.5 sacks, a figure that led the team and shared the NFL lead for all defensive tackles. As a result, he earned first-team All-Pro honors and the first of his four Pro Bowl nods.

He also received the team’s Len Eshmont Award, given annually since 1957 for “inspirational and courageous play.” Considered the 49ers’ most prestigious honor, Bryant won the award eight times (1996, 1998-2000 and 2004-07). No other member of the 49ers has won it more than twice.

In 1998, Bryant was well on his way to another magnificent season. In 12 games, he had registered 9.5 sacks – best in the NFL among defensive tackles – along with eight tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. But a devastating leg injury ended his season – and threatened his career.

Bryant rebounded in stunning fashion, however, and returned to action by the 1999 season opener. He recorded 11 sacks and 19 tackles for loss on his way to winning the Comeback Player of the Year Award from both the AP and PFWA. He also was named the 49ers’ winner of the league-wide Ed Block Courage Award and won the team’s Matt Hazeltine Award for inspirational play.

For his career, Bryant totaled 89.5 sacks and three safeties. He was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s.

 
      Sacks
Year Team G No.
1994 San Francisco   16 6.0
1995 San Francisco   12 6.0
1996 San Francisco   16 11.5
1997 San Francisco   12 4.0
1998 San Francisco   12 9.5
1999 San Francisco   16 11.0
2000 San Francisco   15 9.5
2001 San Francisco   16 3.5
2002 San Francisco   16 2.0
2003 San Francisco   16 3.5
2004 San Francisco   16 3.0
2005 San Francisco   13 8.0
2006 San Francisco   16 5.5
2007 San Francisco   16 6.5
Career Total 208 89.5
Additional Career Statistics: Safeties: 3
Championship Games

1994 NFC – San Francisco 49ers 38, Dallas Cowboys 28
Young started at left defensive tackle. He had three tackles and one pass defensed.

1997 NFC – Green Bay Packers 23, San Francisco 49ers 10
Young started at left defensive tackle. He had three tackles.

 
Super Bowls

Super Bowl XXIX – San Francisco 49ers 49, San Diego Chargers 26
Young started at left defensive tackle. He had three tackles, two assists and one pass defensed.

 
All-League Teams
           
All-Pro: 1996 (AP, PFWA, SN)  ·  1998 (SN)          

All-Pro Second Team: 1998 (AP)  ·  1999 (AP)   ·  2001 (AP)

All-NFC: 1996 (UPI, PW)  ·    2001 (PW)


 
Pro Bowls

(4) – 1997, 2000*, 2002, 2003

*Did not play


 
In the NFL Record Book (at time of his retirement following 2007 season)
 
  • [Tied for 1st] Most Safeties, Season – 2 (1996)
  • [Tied for 2nd] Most Safeties, Career – 3
 
Team Records

49ers records held by Young
(Records through the 2007 season, Bryant’s final season with San Francisco)

 
  • [1st] Most Safeties, Season – 2 (1996)
  • [Tied for 2nd] Most Safeties, Career – 3
  • [3rd] Most Sacks, Career – 89.5 (1996)
  • [Tied for 3rd] Most Games – 208
 
Awards and Honors
 
  • NFL All-Decade Team of 1990s
  • 1994 All-Rookie Team
  • 1996 NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 6)
  • 1996 Len Eshmont Award Winner (inspiration and courageous play)
  • 1998 Len Eshmont Award Winner (inspiration and courageous play)
  • 1999 Len Eshmont Award Winner (inspiration and courageous play)
  • 1999 NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 14)
  • 1999 NFL Comeback Player of the Year (AP/PFWA)
  • 1999 Ed Block Courage Award
  • 2000 Len Eshmont Award Winner (inspiration and courageous play)
  • 2004 Len Eshmont Award Winner (inspiration and courageous play)
  • 2004 49ers Team MVP
  • 2005 NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 1)
  • 2005 Len Eshmont Award Winner (inspiration and courageous play)
  • 2006 Len Eshmont Award Winner (inspiration and courageous play)
  • 2007 Len Eshmont Award Winner (inspiration and courageous play)
 
Year-by-Year Team Records
 
1994     San Francisco 49ers......... 13-3-0   (1st)
1995     San Francisco 49ers......... 11-5-0   (1st)
1996     San Francisco 49ers......... 12-4-0   (2nd)
1997     San Francisco 49ers......... 13-3-0   (1st)
1998     San Francisco 49ers......... 12-4-0   (2nd)
1999     San Francisco 49ers........... 4-12-0   (4th)
2000     San Francisco 49ers........... 6-10-0   (4th)
2001     San Francisco 49ers......... 12-4-0   (2nd)
2002     San Francisco 49ers......... 10-6-0   (1st)
2003     San Francisco 49ers............ 7-9-0   (3rd)
2004     San Francisco 49ers........... 2-14-0   (4th)
2005     San Francisco 49ers........... 4-12-0   (4th)
2006     San Francisco 49ers............ 7-9-0   (3rd)
2007     San Francisco 49ers........... 5-11-0   (3rd)

(Division Finish in Parentheses)
Qualified for Postseason in Bold
 
League/Team Statistical Titles

Team Statistical Championships
Sack Leader: 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007
 
Full Name: Bryant Colby Young
Birthdate: January 27, 1972
Birthplace: Chicago Heights, Illinois
High School: Bloom (Chicago Heights, IL)
Pro Career: 14 seasons, 208 games
Drafted: 1st round (7th player overall) in 1994 by San Francisco