Chase Young is an American football defensive end for the Washington Commanders of the National Football League. A native of Maryland, he played college football at Ohio State University for the Buckeyes. During his junior season in 2019, Young broke the school’s single-season sack record with 16.5 and was named a unanimous All-American and the recipient of several defensive player of the year awards. He was also named the Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, a rare accomplishment for a defensive player.
Young declared for the 2020 NFL Draft following that season and was considered by many to be its best overall prospect before being selected second overall by Washington. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year and made the Pro Bowl after leading all rookies in several statistical categories in 2020, including sacks and forced fumbles. His 2021 season was seen as a disappointment after he recorded just 1.5 sacks prior to suffering a major knee injury halfway through, leading to a lengthy recovery that forced him to also miss the majority of the 2022 season.