Young once restless

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Trey Young was giving up on his dream when he heard a familiar voice -- the same one that's always been there before every big game.

Ed Young had to sit down and give a motivational speech to his son about six months before he signed with the Calgary Stampeders, which was his first pro contract.

Trey was frustrated and upset by getting looked over too many times nearly two years removed from college.

From father to son, he just asked a simple question.

"He said, 'Do you want it or not?' " said the Stampeders three-year safety.

"At one point, I stopped working out and he basically found out and asked me why.

"I said I was tired of waiting. He stayed on me to keep my motivation."

The wait paid off. Young is now one of the hardest hitting and most reliable safeties in the CFL -- all because he kept working hard with a family that was supportive of his dream.

Young had a stellar college career at the University of Montana where he helped the Grizzlies win the Div. I-AA national title in 2001, following that up by being named Big Sky Conference MVP and the Grizzlies top defensive player the next season.

But pro offers a plenty didn't arrive, as he had expected, so Young returned home to California after graduating in 2003. He took a job at FedEx to work nights while working out during the day and living at home.

About five months later, he returned to Missoula and took a job in the public relations department at the university, where he also worked out with track coach Brian Schweyen.

He had tryouts with both the Edmonton Eskimos and B.C. Lions in 2004 but neither team invited him to training camp.

By that summer, Young had basically given up and that's where his family helped get him refocused.

"I can't lie. I was depressed because I thought I was good enough to get a shot somewhere," said the 27-year-old. "Nobody called me. I asked what was wrong with me.

"I had good stuff on film and if you look at what we accomplished as a team and personally, nobody wanted me, so it hurt.

"My family has always been there for me since I started playing. In college and high school, my dad was always there."

The Youngs then put together a package containing a highlight tape and got the Stampeders interested.

"In high school, we did the same thing to get into college," said the graduate of Helix High School in La Mesa, Calif.

"I learned that it's a big pool of guys trying to get into college.

"My mom and dad helped me put together a tape, bio and cover sheet.

"My dad told me to pick out 50 schools. I was listing off the Floridas and the USCs.

"I knew I wasn't going to get scholarships to those schools. I was told to walk on.

"I sent it to smaller schools and that's how I ended up in Montana."

Young has improved with every game as a member of the Stampeders, becoming a force in the league because of his ability to deliver a wicked hit and pick off errant passes.

He scored his first touchdown earlier this season on a fake field goal, then got his first defensive major last week against Montreal by recovering a fumble.

But every time Young is preparing to suit up and play, he calls Ed for a pep talk.

"He knows the few little words to give me that I need to hear," Young said.

"My dad can speak well. It used to be long conversations but as time went by he thought I was becoming more of a man and didn't need to have as much said.

"Now he sticks to the same things every week."


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