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Football: Former 49er Young officially joins staff

Joe Meixell | Friday, January 30, 2009

1994 Notre Dame graduate and 14-year NFL?veteran Bryant Young was hired Thursday as a defensive graduate assistant.

Young, a defensive lineman who spent his entire career with the San Fransisco 49ers, was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the year in 1994 and earned four trips to the NFL?Pro Bowl. His 89.5 career sacks rank as third all-time in 49er history.

During his time with the Irish, Young led Notre Dame to an astounding 40-8-1 record over four years, During his 1993 senior season, Young was named a team captain and elected to the first team All-American team.

“I’m very excited that Bryant has decided to return home to Notre Dame,” Irish coach Charlie Weis said on und.com. “We’re not just adding a future NFL Hall of Famer to our program, we’re adding a Hall of Fame person.”

Young is replacing Patrick Graham, who was on the Irish staff for the past two seasons, but became the defensive line coach at the University of Toledo earlier in the month.