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January 29, 2009

Bryant Young Joins Notre Dame Football Staff As Graduate Assistant
Notre Dame graduate and 14-year NFL veteran to help Irish defense
SOUTH BEND, Ind.  Bryant Young, a 1994 University of Notre Dame graduate
and four-time NFL Pro Bowl defensive lineman, has accepted a graduate
assistant coaching position with the Irish, head coach Charlie Weis
announced Thursday.

³I¹m very excited that Bryant has decided to return home to Notre Dame,²
Weis said. ³We¹re not just adding a future NFL Hall of Famer to our program,
we¹re adding a Hall of Fame person. I look forward to establishing a long
and lasting relationship with Bryant and his family.²

Young earned four monograms at Notre Dame from 1990-93 and helped the Irish
to a 40-8-1 record during his four years. A first-team All-America selection
in 1993 as a senior captain and defensive tackle, Young started 30 of the 41
games he played at Notre Dame and totaled 176 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss
and 18 sacks during his collegiate career. He also played in four bowl games
while at Notre Dame (started three of four bowl games but postseason
statistics did not count toward individual totals).

³I¹d first like to thank Coach Weis for giving Kristen and me this chance to
return to Notre Dame and introduce our four children to the Notre Dame
spirit,² Young said. ³Notre Dame is a very special place that is near and
dear to the hearts of my wife and me.

³When I retired from the 49ers in 2007 I wanted to get away from everything
and clear my head before deciding what I wanted to do with my life. The game
of football and thoughts of coaching never escaped me though. I explored
options other than coaching but quickly found that I had a strong desire to
be on the field and around the game.

³When Coach Weis presented me this unique opportunity I knew it warranted
serious consideration. It¹s not often that chances like this come around and
the ability to work with kids and hopefully make an impact on their lives
really interested me.

³My family and I had a wonderful 14 years in California but coming back to
Notre Dame was a no-brainer because opportunities like this don¹t present
themselves everyday. I can¹t wait to get back to Notre Dame and start this
new chapter in my life.²

Young played all 14 NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and only four
49ers have ever been with the franchise longer. From 1994-2007, he played in
and started 208 games, trailing only Jerry Rice¹s 224 starts and tied for
third in all-time games played in 49ers history.

Selected to the Pro Bowl in 1996, 1999, 2001 and 2002, Young finished his
career with 89.5 sacks, good for third all-time in team history. He helped
the 49ers make the playoffs in each of his first five seasons and at the
conclusion of his final home game, Young was carried off the field on the
shoulders of his teammates.

Drafted with the seventh overall selection in 1994 draft, Young was named
the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1994 after leading all 49ers
defensive linemen with 49 tackles and totaled six sacks. He started all 16
games and helped San Francisco claim its fifth Super Bowl championship.

Young suffered devastating fractures to his tibia and fibula in 1998, ending
his season after the 12th week of action with Young leading all defensive
tackles in the NFL in sacks that season. Undeterred, he regained his
previous form in 1999 and tallied 11 sacks en route to his second Pro Bowl
selection. Young was honored for his season when he was named NFL Comeback
Player of the Year for 1999.

His excellence was not just limited to on the field performance as Young was
recipient of the team¹s Len Eshmont Award, symbolic of the player who best
exemplifies courage and leadership, an astonishing eight times including
each of his final four seasons. Prior to Young, no other member of the 49ers
had ever won the honor more than twice.

A native of Chicago Heights, Ill., Bryant Colby Young was born Jan. 27,
1972, and graduated from Bloom Township High School. He graduated in 1994
with a marketing degree from Notre Dame. Young¹s wife, Kristen, also
graduated from Notre Dame in 1994 and the couple have four children: Kai,
Colby, Kennedy and Bryce.

Young replaces Patrick Graham who had served on Notre Dame¹s staff for two
seasons and then became the defensive line coach at the University of Toledo
in January.


Brian Hardin
Director of Football Media Relations
University of Notre Dame
112 Joyce Center
Notre Dame, IN  46556
Office - 574.631.9471
Cell - 574.532.4134

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Bryant Young was obviously a fantastic football player but he is a class act. My brother helped coach the wrestling team while Bryant was there. He went off to Notre Dame and when he went to the NFL he played in the Super Bowl his rookie year. Fresh off 49er Super Bowl victory he saw me, and came up to me like we were old friends. He was so friendly and humble. I did not know him very well but he knew of me through my brother. He asked me about my brother and asked me to give him his best. He did not make a spectacle of himself nor did he travel in an ontourage. He was just like anyone else. I saw him years later when he was well established as an elite DT in the NFL. And again he came up to me and said hello and asked about my brother. He was still very down to earth.
The students at Notre Dame are lucky to have a man like Bryant to emulate on and off the field.

Mike Vega

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