Len Younce
Younce on a 1948 Bowman football card
Guard / Linebacker / Punter
Personal information
Date of birth: (1917-01-08)January 8, 1917
Place of birth: Dayton, Oregon
Date of death: March 26, 2000(2000-03-26) (aged 83)
Place of death: Portland, Oregon
Career information
College: Oregon State
NFL Draft: 1941 / Round: 8 / Pick: 67
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
*New York Giants (1941, 1943–1944, 1946–1948)
 As coach:
*Edmonton Eskimos (Defensive Coach/OL Coach, 1963–1965)
Career highlights and awards
*NFL 1940s All-Decade Team
Stats at
Stats at

Leonard Alonzo Younce (January 8, 1917 – March 26, 2000) was an American football player and coach.

Playing careerEdit

Born in Dayton, Oregon,[1] Younce attended Roosevelt High School[2] in Portland and then played college football at Oregon State University. He was selected in the eighth round (67th overall) by the New York Giants in the 1941 NFL Draft, and played a variety of positions, including linebacker, offensive lineman, placekicker, and punter.

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring from playing, Younce was an assistant coach at Oregon State University from 1949 to 1954,[2] and with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Edmonton Eskimos.[2][3]

Later yearsEdit

Younce was coaxed out of retirement to coach high school football for one year at Joseph High School in Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon, in 1992. He intended to continue, but health problems prevented his return.[3]

Younce was an inaugural inductee of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980,[4] and was inducted into the OSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.[2] He died in Portland, Oregon on March 26, 2000.[5]


  1. "Obituaries". The Oregonian: p. D13. March 30, 2000.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Grid great Younce dies". Oregon Stater (Oregon State University Alumni Association) 85 (2): 51. September 2000.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wheeler, Ken (October 25, 1993). "It's his world and he loves it". The Oregonian: p. C1.
  4. "Hall of Fame Roll of Honor Members". Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Archived from the original on August 1, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  5. Nolen, John (March 28, 2000). "Younce Service is Saturday". The Oregonian: p. D2.

External linksEdit

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