Justin Young graduated from Jim Thorpe Area Senior High School in 2004, and was a member of the 2004 Olympians football team that finished the regular season 10-0 the only such team to do so in school history.
Young started every game in his four-year career at Jim Thorpe. He played fullback on offense and inside linebacker on defense. As the fullback he blocked for backfield mate Jason Figura for four years. Figura is Jim Thorpe's all-time leading rusher in school history.
In Young's senior season he was the anchor of one of the best defenses of all-time in the TIMES NEWS area. Young helped the "Red Swarm" allow just 74 points in 11 games (6.7 ppg), while limiting opponents to an average of just 134 yards of total offense per game.
Young amassed a staggering 400 tackles in his four-year career as an Olympian, the most in school history, and received many awards for his play at linebacker.
He was the team's defensive MVP in 2002, 2003, and the team MVP in 2003. In 2004 the entire team received the MVP award.
In 2004, he was named to the TIMES NEWS area first team defensive team along with receiving first team defensive honors from the Morning Call. He was selected as the only member of the Jim Thorpe team to the Super 16 WNEP Dream Team and was selected to the Republican Herald all-area defensive team as well as being named their Defensive Player of the Year.
Young was also a four-year State Champion in powerlifting. He was the MVP for the Olympians Power Lifting team in 2003 and 2004 and earned the Pennsylvania "Best Lifter" award in 2002. He also received the PA "Best Lifter" award at the heralded Abington Heights Tournament and placed second in the National Powerlifting Championships held in Texas in his senior year.
Young was also a force in the classroom receiving the Lehigh Valley Scholar Athlete Award in 2004. He had an overall GPA of 100 and upon signing his Division 1 letter of intent to continue his athletic and academic career at Georgetown he was described by his coach, Mark Rosenberger; "as being someone special since he was a freshman. You knew he was going to be a leader when you saw him working out. He didn't miss a workout in four years. You couldn't ask for a better person."
Young graduated from Georgetown with a GPA of 4.0 and began working in the New York Stock Exchange as a business analyst. After two years, he moved on to be Head of Sales with a hedge fund company and has been quoted in such prominent publications as the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Bloomberg News, and the New York Times.
He now resides in New York City with his wife Allison and their dog Maui.
The Jim Thorpe Area Sports Hall of Fame banquet will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall. Cocktail hour will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner starting at 6 p.m. The induction ceremony is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. and entertainment will follow at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for the induction ceremonies and the entire evening can be obtained by calling Craig Zurn at 570-325-3855/3363, Wilmer Redline at 570-325-3073, Ron Sheehan at 570-325-4244 or Jack Kmetz at 570-325-4923.
The Class of 2012 includes Young, Tom Skelly, the 1935 Mauch Chunk Catholic High School football team, Derick Reis, Jason Figura, Jacob Heydt, and Aaron Smith.
During the next few weeks, the TIMES NEWS will be featuring highlights of the careers of each inductee leading up to the banquet on Aug. 18.