Former San Diego State Aztecs fullback Chad Young will play on the United States Men's National Team for the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championship played during July 9-18 in Canton, Ohio.
Young played four years for the Aztecs starting out as a walk-on and worked his way into the lead fullback in Rocky Long's pro-style offense. He played in four bowl games as the Aztecs fullback and blocked in front of thousand-yard rushers like Ronnie Hillman, Adam Muema, and Donnel Pumphrey.
As an underdog Young fought his way to join the Aztecs roster, but unfortunately went undrafted in 2014. He signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted rookie free agent until he was cut in late August last year. Young went through the 2014 season unemployed by an NFL team.
This past May, the San Diego Chargers invited Young to their rookie mini-camp as a non-contract player for further evaluation and possibly see if he could block in front of Melvin Gordon. Unfortunately, Young didn't walk away with a contract from the Chargers that weekend.
The upcoming IFAF World Championship is a small tournament that will involve seven countries in total. This year's U.S. team is being coached by former Boise State and Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins. The 45-man roster is strong with a lot of alumni from non-power conferences, so these guys are all hungry for another opportunity to play football. These players aren't on any NFL rosters and probably have been cut a few times, but these guys, Chad Young included, just want one more opportunity to shine.