Titus Young Sr.
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Young playing for the Lions in the 2011 NFL season
No. 16
Position:Wide Receiver
Personal information
Born: (1989-08-21) August 21, 1989 (age 31)
Los Angeles, California
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:174 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school:Los Angeles (CA) University
College:Boise State
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2011 2012)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* 3x First-Team All-WAC (2008, 2009, 2010)
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:990
Receiving average:12.2
Receiving touchdowns:10
Player stats at NFL.com

Titus Demetrius Young, Sr. (born August 21, 1989) is a former American football wide receiver. He played in the National Football League from 2011 to 2012. He was selected by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football at Boise State University.

High school and college career[edit | edit source]

Young starred as a two-way wide receiver and defensive back, known as a hard hitting safety at University High School in Los Angeles before going to Boise State in 2007.[2] He had 204 receptions for 3,063 yards and 25 touchdowns in his collegiate career—the most in school history at the time—including 71 receptions for 1,215 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2010.[3][4] During a 42-7 win over the Hawaii Warriors he had a career long reception for 83 yards.

Young was frequently in trouble during his time at Boise State. He frequently missed workouts and argued with coaches. He was forced to sit out the first quarter of the 2007 Hawai'i Bowl for an undisclosed violation of team rules. On October 11, 2008, Broncos coach Chris Petersen suspended Young for at least three games, again for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Two weeks later, Petersen extended the suspension indefinitely; in Petersen's words, Young and the Broncos "just need some time apart." He didn't play again for the rest the season.[2]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 11⅜ in 174 lb 4.49 s 1.59 s 2.64 s 4.30 s 6.85 s 35 in 10 ft 3 in

Draft[edit | edit source]

Young declared himself eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft. Despite his considerable talent, concerns about his behavior (one pre-draft training facility reportedly kicked him out just hours after he showed up due to his poor attitude) led many NFL teams to pass on him in the 2011 draft.[2][6]

Detroit Lions[edit | edit source]

After making the 2011 roster, Young was primarily used as the team's 2nd wide receiver, and played frequently in three-WR sets. On October 30 in a 45-10 defeat of the Denver Broncos, Young caught 4 passes for 66 yards, including his first career receiving touchdown. He caught two passes for touchdowns in a 45-41 loss to the Green Bay Packers on New Year's Day. Young was named the Lions-Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Rookie of the Year for 2011.

However, his personality changed dramatically as the season wore on. He was noticeably quieter than he had been earlier in the season, and he became increasingly undisciplined on the field. This culminated in a Week 13 game against the New Orleans Saints, when he shoved safety Malcolm Jenkins in the face, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. He was benched for the rest of the game. There were other, less public incidents that led someone in Young's inner circle to ask the league for help. The league offered counseling, but Young turned it down.[2]

On May 21, 2012, the Lions sent Young home for two weeks after he sucker-punched Louis Delmas. On November 19, the Lions sent him home again for his behavior the previous day against the Green Bay Packers. According to Lions coaches, Young deliberately lined up in the wrong position twice and got into a verbal confrontation with receivers coach Shawn Jefferson. It was the last meaningful game Young ever played. He was deactivated for the team's Thanksgiving Day game a week later against the Houston Texans, as well as the next week's game against the Indianapolis Colts.[2] On December 5, the Lions placed Young on injured reserve, ending his season. To express his frustration, Young tweeted about not wanting to play anymore if he did not get the ball.[7] A little more than a month later, on February 4, the Lions released Young.[8]

St. Louis Rams[edit | edit source]

On February 5, 2013, Young was claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Rams.[9] The Rams were the only team that turned in a waiver claim for Young.[10] However, he was released 10 days later,[11] with the Rams saying they wanted to go "in a different direction".[12] According to Sports Illustrated, the Rams cut ties with him due to concerns about his behavior. He seemed lost in interviews with head coach Jeff Fisher and other team personnel, and threw a fit when he was briefly barred from boarding a flight to Los Angeles after forgetting his ID.[2]

Legal troubles[edit | edit source]

On May 5, 2013, Young was arrested twice in the same day. He was arrested for suspected drunk driving, and 14 hours later he was arrested for attempting to steal his impounded car from the tow yard.[13] Later that week on May 10, Young was arrested for a third time and charged on suspicion of burglary, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer in San Clemente, California.[14]

On May 13, 2013 Young's father, Richard, revealed his son has a severe mental disorder and badly needed help.[15] According to Sports Illustrated, Young's family briefly checked him into Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA shortly after the Rams released him. He also briefly spent time at a facility in Detroit. Several people close to Young believed that his problems stem from concussions. He suffered at least one concussion in high school; University High players frequently led with their heads in a time when the dangers of that practice were not well known. He also claimed to have suffered concussions in college, and may have suffered one or two in his rookie year with the Lions. Richard Young believes his son's brain was compressed in the front of his skull at one point.[2]

On August 27, 2013, a California judge issued a bench warrant for Titus Young's arrest after Young missed a court hearing on charges of burglary and attempted burglary.[16] On December 18, 2013, Orange County prosecutors revealed that the criminal case against Young was close to being settled,[17] but Young's trial was delayed again when he was hospitalized for "unspecified treatment."[18] Young was arrested again on July 9, 2014, on five counts of battery. He was held in Los Angeles on $105,000 bail.[19] In December 2014, a judge ordered that Young must stand trial.[20] In May 2015, Young was sentenced to one year of inpatient treatment at a rehabilitation center in Escondido, California, and five years probation.[21]

Young was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and felony battery following a January 30, 2016, street fight in Los Angeles.[22] On April 10, 2017 he was sentenced to 4 years in prison.[23] He was released from prison on December 19, 2018.

Mental and brain health[edit | edit source]

Due to his personality changes stemming from his days as a hard hitting safety in high school, Young admitted he hears voices to commit crimes, and it has been noted that he could have CTE due to multiple head traumas. He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013.[24][25]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Season Team Games Receiving Fumbles
GP Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FD FUM Lost
2011 Detroit Lions 16 48 607 12.6 57 6 33 1 0
2012 Detroit Lions 10 33 383 11.6 46 4 20 0 0
Total 26 81 990 12.2 57 10 53 1 0

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "2011 NFL Draft Listing" (in en). https://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2011/draft.htm.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Klenko, Robert. Where is Titus Young? Sports Illustrated, 2013-08-13.
  3. ESPN player profile
  4. "Boise State Broncos profile - Titus Young". Archived from the original on 2012-09-28. https://web.archive.org/web/20120928165158/http://www.broncosports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=9900&ATCLID=788249. Retrieved 2012-09-28.
  5. http://www.draftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=72604&draftyear=2011&genpos=wr
  6. https://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/lions-sound-ve-really-moved-titus-young-210723189--nfl.html
  7. Sessler, Marc (January 23, 2013). "Jim Schwartz: Titus Young's tweets not a 'good idea'". National Football League. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000130249/article/jim-schwartz-titus-youngs-tweets-not-a-good-idea. Retrieved January 23, 2013.
  8. Copeland, Kareem (February 4, 2013). "Titus Young released by Detroit Lions". National Football League. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000136159/article/titus-young-released-by-detroit-lions. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
  9. http://www.stltoday.com/sports/football/professional/rams-claim-disgruntled-lions-wr-titus-young/article_2fb2929b-ac07-5d95-80c2-cac35123b9c4.html
  10. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/05/rams-were-only-team-that-wanted-titus-young/
  11. Wesseling, Chris (February 15, 2013). "Titus Young reportedly to be released by Rams". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000139513/article/titus-young-reportedly-to-be-released-by-rams/. Retrieved 2013-02-17.
  12. Copeland, Kareem (February 15, 2013). "Titus Young waived by St. Louis Rams after short stay". NFL.com. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000139582/article/titus-young-waived-by-st-louis-rams-after-short-stay. Retrieved 2013-02-17.
  13. "Titus Young arrested twice". ESPN. May 9, 2013. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9252657/titus-young-arrested-twice-15-hour-span-according-report.
  14. Katzenstein, Josh (May 12, 2013). "Former Lions receiver Titus Young arrested for third time in a week". Detroit News. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130512/SPORTS0101/305120346/Former-Lions-receiver-Titus-Young-arrested-third-time-week.
  15. "Dad: Titus Young has brain disorder". ESPN. May 15, 2013. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9273307/titus-young-disorder-needs-help-dad-says.
  16. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ex-nfl-player-titus-young-due-calif-court[dead link]
  17. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2013/12/19/titus-young-arrests-orange-county/4127825
  18. Moore, David Leon (April 29, 2014). "Ex-NFL star Titus Young hospitalized, trial again delayed". USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2014/04/29/titus-young-felony-burglary-trial-delay-again/8473297/. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  19. Rothstein, Michael (July 14, 2014). "Titus Young arrested for battery". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11215650/titus-young-former-detroit-lions-wide-receiver-facing-another-felony-charge. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  20. Monarrez, Carlos (December 4, 2014). "Ex-Lion Titus Young faces up to 9 years in prison". Detroit Free Press. http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2014/12/04/titus-young-lions-prison/19888891/. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  21. Moore, David Leon (May 5, 2015). "Ex-Lion Young spared prison, gets 5 years' probation". Detroit Free Press. http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2015/05/05/titus-young-sentenced-probation/26938543/. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  22. Manzullo, Brian (February 5, 2016). "Report: Ex-Lion Titus Young arrested again for assault". Detroit Free Press. http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2016/02/05/detroit-lions-titus-young-arrested/79896982/. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  23. https://sports.yahoo.com/news/ex-lions-receiver-titus-young-sentences-four-years-prison-201255440.html
  24. Chiari, Mike. "Titus Young Suffering from Brain Injury Reportedly Caused by Football Hits" (in en). https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2350203-titus-young-suffering-from-brain-injury-reportedly-caused-by-football-hits.
  25. Fenno, Nathan. "Mental illness or brain injury? Driven by voices to commit crime, Titus Young is in prison but still believes he could play in the NFL". https://www.latimes.com/sports/nfl/la-sp-nfl-young-mental-health-20180128-htmlstory.html.

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