Calvert Hall grad and former City College coach made his mark in the NFL as GM of the New York Giants
Baltimore native and Calvert Hall alum George Young, who passed away in 2001 at the age of 71, was named to the 2020 Class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Young is a member of the Hall’s Special Centennial Class which announced on Wednesday.
Young made his mark in the NFL during a 28-year run (1979-1997) as the general manager of the New York Giants. During this tenure he was named NFL Executive of the Year five times. Prior to his arrival in New York, the Giants had just two winning seasons and no playoff appearances in the previous 15 years. Young drafted future NFL stars such as Phil Simms and Lawrence Taylor and gave Bill Parcells his first head coaching job.
After starring on the football field for Calvert Hall in the forties, Young went on to Bucknell University where he was a starting defensive end and team captain in 1951. He was selected in the 1952 NFL draft by the Dallas Texans, but never played professionally.
Young returned to Baltimore and briefly coached at Calvert Hall before embarking on a 15-year run as the head coach at City College, where he won six Maryland Scholastic Association (MSA) championships. He joined the coaching staff of the Baltimore Colts in 1968. In 1975 he moved into the front office with the Miami Dolphins as director of personal and pro scouting, before earning his opportunity with the Giants.
Baltimore was never far from Young’s heart, especially Calvert Hall. In 2004, his widow, Mary Young Love, gave the school a $2 million gift to help fund the construction of George Young Hall on the school’s Towson campus. At the time it was the largest gift in the history of the school.