A memorable win for Younger

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

Jordan Younger had a guardian angel in the Grey Cup.

The 26-year-old Argo rookie cornerback experienced a special connection from the moment he checked into the team's hotel last week for the Cup in Ottawa. He was assigned room No. 726, which just happened to be the numbers of the month and birth date of his only sibling, Carey, who died suddenly of heart arrythmia seven years ago at age 29. Younger wore jersey No. 26 this year. It's a number he has tried to wear as often as possible in his pro career, which began in 2000.

Last Sunday on the day of the Cup against the B.C. Lions, Younger was one of a handful of players who offered up a personal experience or message to the team. He talked about the irony of the number of his assigned hotel room.

"I wanted everybody on the team to realize that it wasn't a coincidence that we all wound up in this spot right here at this time," he said yesterday. "A lot of us had opportunities in the NFL and for whatever reason had the rug pulled from underneath us.

"We all wound up here at this time. It's a great group of personalities, but everybody is so different. With (head coach) Pinball (Clemons) sitting at the helm, he kind of held it all together. I just wanted everybody to realize it wasn't a coincidence."

Younger, who had been attending college in Connecticut, had been talking on the telephone to his brother in Maryland the day before he died and there had been no indication of any physical problem.

Younger said his brother never had a chance to see him play beyond high school. When Younger turned professional and had the money to do it, he paid homage to his brother with a tattoo. It's on his right shoulder and arm and features a winged angel with the words "Carey Younger Jr. Guardian Angel."


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