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Jack Youngblood

Hall of Fame induction speech in 2001
No. 85
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1950-01-26) January 26, 1950 (age 66)
Place of birth: Jacksonville, Florida
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school: Monticello (FL) Jefferson Co.
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Career history

Los Angeles Rams (1971–1984)

Career highlights and awards

7× Pro Bowl (1973–1979)
5× First-team All-Pro (1974, 1976, 1976, 1978, 1979)
3× Second-team All-Pro (1973, 1977, 1980)
7× First-team All-NFC (1974–1980)
2× Second-team All-NFC (1973, 1984)
NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year (1975)
UPI NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1975)
NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1975, 1976)
All-Rookie (1971)
Rams MVP (1975, 1976, 1979)
NFL 1970s All-Decade Team
Rams Ring of Fame
Rams No. 85 retired
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
Gator Football Ring of Honor
University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame
Florida–Georgia Hall of Fame
First-team All-American (1970)
First-team All-SEC (1970)

Career NFL statistics
Games played: 202
Games started: 188
Quarterback sacks: 151.5
Fumbles recovered: 10
Player stats at NFL.com

Boy, I'll tell you, when the Rams drafted me No. 1, it surprised me. I was walking on air for days.
Jack Youngblood
The joy of winning is not as dramatic as the losses were, because I expected us to win.
Jack Youngblood
He owned a service station, and I used to go there and piddle around – pump some gas, get in the way.
Jack Youngblood
Sure enough, it wasn't long until I got a call, telling me I had a scholarship there. It was the only scholarship offer I had and, believe me, I jumped at it.
Jack Youngblood
Football has been my life for as long as I can remember.
I don't talk much to offensive linemen in general.
Merlin really taught me how to concentrate, that you play each play as if it were the only play. And if you put all the plays together like that, then you'll come out on top.
Jack Youngblood
I think we all want to be remembered for what we did.

Good luck is a residue of preparation.
You learnt that, whatever you are doing in life, obstacles don't matter very much. Pain or other circumstances can be there, but if you want to do a job bad enough, you'll find a way to get it done.
Jack Youngblood
But this was my chance to go to the Super Bowl. Nothing was going to stop me.
Jack Youngblood
The disappointment of losing is huge.
By that time I was thinking a little about pro ball and hopeful that someone would draft me.
Jack Youngblood
It's unbelievable how many things I've learned from Merlin Olsen.
Those opportunities to play in championship games are few and far between.
You learn to kid around and joke and not take things too seriously because somehow its all gonna work out for the best – or you're gonna make it work out.
Jack Youngblood
Good luck is a residue of preparation.
Deacon Jones has been the most inspirational person in my football career.
The emotions of the game do not change.
One day, though, I was asked if I'd like to go to the University of Florida and become a Gator.
Jack Youngblood
There are no opportune times for a penalty, and this is not one of those times.
Jack Youngblood
I think my numbers speak for themselves.
I visualize things in my mind before I have to do them. It's like having a mental workshop.
Jack Youngblood
He took me under his wing when I first came to the Rams and taught me everything – his technique in the pass rush, how to play off blockers, and how to make the big play.
Jack Youngblood