By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– It wasn’t too long ago, nearly two years ago, that North Salem and Southern Oregon University alum Dylan Young was in a professional training camp in the Canadian Football League (CFL) with the Calgary Stampede before a hamstring injury hampered the Salem-native’s chances of continuing his football career at the time.
Since then, Young has been working with the younger generation of football athletes with EForce, helping develop the skills of today’s and future football stars in order to better them while given back to the sport he loves.
Not giving up his dream, Young stayed working on his own craft until he got the call from the Indoor Football League’s Arizona Rattlers to join them with him leaving to join the team on January 31.
Nonetheless, it was a hard decision for Young to leave what he was help build with EForce over the past year and a half. But he knows too, has he’s been preaching to his athletes, you got to take advantages of the opportunities that are given to you to play the game.
“It’s definitely hard walking away from the kids/athletes I’ve been training the last year and half, but like I told them when opportunities are presented to you to play the game you love you can’t pass it up! They know I’m always here for them no matter where they are or where I am,” said Young of the move.
“I think it’s a great chance just to showcase my skill sets and show I can still play this game I love. Hoping that this opportunity opens up more doors for bigger opportunities in the near future as well.”
The Rattlers organization has been around since 1992 as an expanison team in the Arena Football League (AFL) before joining the IFL in 2016 where they won the 2017 United Bowl in it’s first season in the league. The United Bowl is the Super Bowl-equivalent for the league.
Arizona finished 11-3 last season before falling to Sioux Falls in the Semi-final round and will be kicking off the 2019 season on February 25 versus the Green Bay Blizzard.