Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose professional accomplishments and achievements are exceptionally noteworthy and distinctive in his/her profession.
As an undergraduate, George Young majored in history and was a co-captain and little All-America tackle on a Bucknell football team that won more games than any other Bison grid squad. These were the early stages of what a New York Times columnist called "good football breeding."
After graduation, he had a brief stint with the then Dallas Texans where his friend Art Donovan called him "Low-cut Louie" because he was the first lineman he had ever seen wear low-cut football shoes. Then came a brilliant high school coaching and teaching career in his hometown of Baltimore. The honors reaped by teams playing under what one writer called "the most successful high school coach in Baltimore history" included a Maryland Scholastic Association Conference and two Catholic League titles in three years at Calvert Hall and five M.S.A. championships at City College. During his 15 years as a teacher, he also began work that led to master's degrees from both Loyola and Johns Hopkins Universities.
Professional football called again in 1968 when he was named assistant personnel director for the Baltimore Colts. Two years later, he became offensive line coach for the Super Bowl champion Colts, and the following spring was named personnel director of the team.
In 1973, he became offensive coordinator for the Colts, but the following year moved to the Miami Dolphins where he served for four years as director of pro scouting. Last February, he was named the general manager of the New York Giants.
George Young has been called "a thorough worker, an intellectual who can cite the inception of labor unions in Industrial Revolutionary England in salary negotiations with players, (and) a man with an orderly mind who wastes no time in making decisions."
An executive from another NFL team has described him as "the best grammarian in the league," and a former player adds, "By nature, George is a teacher."