Top NFL Draft Prospect Chase Young: ‘God Blessed Me,’ Going to ‘Put My Best Foot Forward in His Name’

By Craig Millward | April 17, 2020 | 9:55am EDT
Chase Young
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( In an interview with ABC 7 (Washington, D.C.) on Thursday, former Ohio State University defensive end Chase Young, a top NFL Draft prospect, said God “blessed me with this athletic ability; I'm just going to put my best foot forward in His name.”

Young is widely expected to be one of the first players selected in next week’s NFL Draft beginning April 23. 

“It’s a weird feeling, it’s something that you really can’t explain,” Young said, describing his emotions leading up to Draft Night. “And God, He blessed me with this athletic ability; I'm just going to put my best foot forward in His name.”

Asked how he expects to feel on Draft Night, Young said, “I don’t know man, that’s going to be something; that’s the unknown. I feel like, when that day comes, it’s going to be a whole different feeling especially when my name is called, God willing. I’m definitely going to be excited, for sure.”

Young, who is from Hyattsville, Maryland, was asked by ABC 7 News' Scott Abraham about the possibility of playing for his hometown team, the Washington Redskins. 

"It would definitely be an honor to play at home," Young said. "Not a lot of people get the opportunity to play for their hometown football team. If, God willing, He give me the chance to do it, then, like any team I go to—I'm gonna be the best player I can be. But, it would definitely be a great experience; closer to home, it would definitely be real good.”

Young, who played three years at Ohio State, led the nation with 16.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in 2019. He was the 2019 Big Ten Defensive Player and Defensive Lineman of the Year, a unanimous All-American, and a Heisman Trophy finalist, finishing fourth. 

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