Devion Young, An International Experience

Devion Young took the chance of playing overseas last season as a tool to continue his playing career. This season was one he will not forget, as it surely was an experience to remember and a key element to the future of his professional career.

The former Kentucky State and ASA College Running Back and Safety spent his most recent season of football in Europe, playing for the Silesia Rebels in Poland. The Rebels play in the Liga Futbolu Amerykańskiego (LFA), an amateur American Football league, founded in 2017 after a split in the Polish American Football Association. Young did not wait long to make a presence for the Rebels. Five days after he arrived, he intercepted two passes in his first preseason game. The rest was history, as he finished with 58 total tackles, 4 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, 3 blocked field goals, 3 tackles for a loss, and 3 total touchdowns.

Not being able to play his senior year of college, Young had a decision to make, either sit out for a year or accept the offer to play ball overseas. This was a simple decision for Young as he used his experience to simply help improve his game. More importantly, it was a once in a lifetime experience playing the sport you love while succeeding at it, and experiencing a new culture, especially when bringing exposure of American Football to Europe. 

The next step in Young’s career is to play professional ball on this side of the pond. He has the explosion, physicality, and technique that could help teams out, as his biggest strengths are his physicality as a tackler and his versatility of being able to play on both sides of the ball. Young believes a professional team should sign him, simply because he has the work ethic, the ability, and the mindset to be the best player at the professional level. He has the drive, the motivation, and the skillset to deserve a shot with a professional team in the States or Canada.