British Columbia Lions

Jim Young - Wide Receiver - 1967-1979 - Queens University

-

excerpted - http://www.bcsportshalloffame.com

Jim Young attended Queen's University where he was an all-star running back each season (1962-65) and in fact, an all-star on both offence and defence in 1963. He was the first Canadian ever signed out of University football in 1965 by the Minnesota Vikings. Young then a halfback saw limited action over 2 seasons with the Vikings totaling 4 yards on 3 carries in 1965. The Toronto Argonauts held the rights to Jim but traded those rights to the B.C. Lions in exchange for Dick Fouts and Bill Symons. The Lions still had to negotiate for the Hamilton native with Minnesota.

 

B.C. came to an agreement with Minnesota sending team leader quarterback Joe Kapp to the Vikings for the much heralded Canadian. Kapp had expressed a desire to conclude his playing days in the NFL and both sides were accommodating.

 

Jim played his entire Canadian professional career, from 1967 to 1979 with the B.C Lions. His versatility saw him catching passes, carrying the ball, and in his first 3 years with the team, returning kick-offs. In 1978, for example, when the Lions were plagued By injuries, Jim played ten different positions in one season!

At the end of the 1971 season, Jim had moved into the wide receiver position, earning the name "Dirty Thirty" for his aggressive style of play. In 1973 Young played several games with a broken hand protected by a cast but still caught 45 passes for 719 yards. By the finish of the 1975 season, he had all of the Lion's club records for pass reception, Jim yardage, and touchdowns on pass reception.

If there was one thing that distinguished Jim Young it was the time, energy, and incredible effort he put into developing his talent. As a B.C Lion, he received the most Schenely nominations in the team's history 5 Schenely nominations for Most Outstanding Canadian (1967,69,70,71,72) and 3 for Most Outstanding Canadian. Jim won the Schenley for Most Outstanding Canadian in 1970 and 1972.

During his 12-year career with the B.C Lions, Jim exceeded 1,000 yards in 1972. 1972 also saw him make Western Conference All-Star and CFL

All-Star. He had a career total of 552 receptions for 9,248 yards and 68 touchdowns.



Jim is a member of both the Canadian Football Leagues Hall of Fame in Hamilton, and Queen's University Hall of Fame.

Called back to the B.C. Lions in 1989, Jim acted in the capacity of receiver?s coach, adding the duties of the Director of Community Relations in the next season. In 1990, Jim accepted the position of Vice-President of Business Operations.
 

   

-- statistics --

 

 

Jim Young     Queens  
  Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1967 BC 46 976 21.2 71 8
1968 BC 51 698 13.7 46 1
1969 BC 50 773 15.5 65 7
1970 BC 54 1,041 19.3 80 6
1971 BC 55 593 10.8 60 6
1972 BC 63 1,362 21.6 73 11
1973 BC 45 719 16.0 49 2
1974 BC 30 610 20.3 86 5
1975 BC 43 935 21.7 72 9
1976 BC 18 327 18.2 78 2
1977 BC 37 537 14.5 54 3
1978 BC 25 343 13.7 44 2
1979 BC 5 134 26.8 87 2
Total 13 522 9,048 17.3 87 64

 

    Rushing    
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1967 BC 12 21 1.8 15 0
1968 BC 46 244 5.3 17 1
1969 BC 18 82 4.6 13 0
1970 BC 30 171 5.7 24 1
1971 BC 36 220 6.1 39 1
1972 BC 0 0 0.0 0 0
1973 BC 11 49 4.5 9 1
1974 BC 11 36 3.3 14 0
1975 BC 7 29 4.1 7 0
Total 13 171 852 5.0 39 4