By Kevin Eickman
With football season rapidly approaching, it give us the annually opportunity to look at this year’s Milford 12th Man Gridiron Club Hall of Fame inductees. First on the docket is Jaime Young. A 1976 graduate of Milford High School, Young excelled as a tight end and linebacker for the Buccaneers. In addition to football, Young played basketball for two seasons as well.
Talking with Young about his time here in Milford, he said that his favorite memory was of the 1974 team that lost in a playoff game against highly regarded Saint Marks. “That was a very special team with some fantastic athletes on it,” Young said. “We thought we were ready, but we just didn’t have the game we thought we could.”
Young was named to the 1976 Blue Gold team and thoroughly enjoyed participating in the event.“The entire organization was very special, it had a tremendous impact on me,” commented Young. “I actually spent a lot of hours volunteering for the DFRC, it is a fantastic organization and it was an honor to be able to contribute.”
Following graduation, Young attended the University of Delaware, where he played tight end for the Blue Hens. The highlight of his college career was being a key contributor on the 1970 Division II National Championship squad. That year Young received several accolades including 1st team ECAC, All East and AP All American honorable mention as he averaged 20.2 yards per reception. Following graduation Young was an assistant coach for the Delaware freshman team for two years.
Young attempted to continue his football career at the next level, where he was the final American cut in a system that limited the number of Americans allowed on Canadian Football League teams. Following his time in Canada, Young went several weeks in camp for the Dallas Cowboys before moving on. “It was a lot of fun competing at that level,” Young stated.
Talking with Young about being named to the Hall of Fame, he was quite happy with the honor. “I was honored and surprised by being named to the Hall of Fame, it is something special that I will always cherish,” stated Young.
Following his football days, Young entered the business world and is presently the National Sales Manager of Mansfield Oil Company, located in Gainesville, Georgia. Discussing the influences in his life, Young gave a huge amount of credit to his parents. “My parents instilled in me a sense of right and wrong that has served me well throughout my life,” Young said. “Without them I would not have had the success in my life that I have enjoyed.”