Rickey Young

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Rickey Young
No. 34
Born: (1953-12-07) December 7, 1953 (age 65)
Mobile, Alabama
Career information
StatusNot Active
Position(s)Running Back
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight196 lb (89 kg)
CollegeJackson State
NFL draft1975 / Round: 7 / Pick: 164
Drafted bySan Diego Chargers
Career history
As player
1975–1977San Diego Chargers
1978–1983Minnesota Vikings
Career highlights and awards
1978 NFL leader in receptions (88)

Rickey Young (born December 7, 1953 in Mobile, Alabama) is a former American football running back who played nine seasons in the NFL.

Personal life[edit]

Not only was Rickey one of the most successful football players of all time, but he has had an accomplished personal life as well. He has two children: Micah, born in 1985, who is affected by microcephaly, and Colby, born in 1988. These days, you can find Rickey on the golf course or playing pull tabs at the local American Legion while sipping on a Ciroc martini.

NFL career[edit]

Rickey was drafted in 1975 (7th round, 164th overall pick) by the San Diego Chargers. After playing three years for the Chargers (1975–1977) he was traded to the Minnesota Vikings for All-Pro guard Ed White. In his first season with the Vikings (1978) he led the NFL with 88 receptions, breaking Chuck Foreman's record for receptions by a running back in a season.[1] He played in six seasons with the Vikings, but retired after seeing limited action in 1982 and 1983. He retired with 1,011 rushes for 3,666 yards and 23 touchdowns, along with 408 catches (then an NFL record for running backs)[2] for 3,285 and 16 touchdowns.

In his 9 seasons in the NFL (1975-1983), Young did not miss a single game, playing in all 131 contests that his teams played in that span.

College career[edit]

Young played college football at Jackson State and was a teammate of Walter Payton.


  1. ^ Currently held by Matt Forte with 102 in 2014.
  2. ^ Chase, Stuart (12 August 2016). "Tony Galbreath, A Forgotten Record Holder". FootballPerspective.com. Retrieved 29 January 2017.