Bryant Young was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, and his acceptance speech extolled the virtues of “sacrifice, selflessness and integrity” that marked a 14-year career with the 49ers.
Young made reference to his devasting knee injury in 1998 from which he made a miraculous recovery, but was brought to tears, along with many others in the audience, with an inspirational message about a far greater loss.
Bryant Colby Young, one of six children of Bryant and Kristin Young, died of brain cancer in 2016 at age 16. Diagnosed with a brain tumor at 13, Colby had surgery to remove the tumor and was back at school eight days later.
“His spirits were good. He had the heart of a lion,” Young said.
Colby was told radiation treatments would make playing football impossible, so he concentrated on basketball instead.
“The treatments were hard. Colby showed immense courage,” Young said. “We were really hopeful, and the following October, Colby said, `Dad I have a headache.’ The cancer was back.”
The cancer had spread and Colby’s condition was grave.
“Colby sensed where things were heading and had questions,” Young said. “He didn’t fear death as much as the process of dying. Would it be painful? Would he be remembered? We assured we would keep Colby’s memory alive and continue speaking his name.
“On Oct. 16, 2016, God called Colby home. Colby, you live on in our heart,” Young said as his voice cracked with emotion. “We assured Colby we would keep his memory alive and keep speaking his name.”
Young, 50, was one of seven people enshrined at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Those who joined Young with local connections were former Raiders wide receiver Cliff Branch, defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who played four years with the Raiders, and former NFL coach, Calistoga native …read more
Source:: East Bay – Entertainment