Len Younce

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Len Younce
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Younce on a 1948 Bowman football card
Position: Guard / Linebacker / Punter
Personal information
Born: (1917-01-08)January 8, 1917
Dayton, Oregon
Died: March 26, 2000(2000-03-26) (aged 83)
Portland, Oregon
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school: Portland (OR) Roosevelt
College: Oregon State
NFL Draft: 1941 / Round: 8 / Pick: 67
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Leonard Alonzo Younce (January 8, 1917 – March 26, 2000) was an American football player and coach.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Dayton, Oregon,[1] Younce attended Roosevelt High School[2] in Portland and then played college football at Oregon State University. He was selected in the eighth round (67th overall) by the New York Giants in the 1941 NFL Draft, and played a variety of positions, including linebacker, offensive lineman, placekicker, and punter.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from playing, Younce was an assistant coach at Oregon State University from 1949 to 1954,[2] and with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Edmonton Eskimos.[2][3]

Later years[edit]

Younce was coaxed out of retirement to coach high school football for one year at Joseph High School in Joseph, Wallowa County, Oregon, in 1992. He intended to continue, but health problems prevented his return.[3]

Younce was an inaugural inductee of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980,[4] and was inducted into the OSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988.[2] He died in Portland, Oregon on March 26, 2000.[5]


  1. ^ "Obituaries". The Oregonian. March 30, 2000. p. D13. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Grid great Younce dies". Oregon Stater. Vol. 85 no. 2. Oregon State University Alumni Association. September 2000. p. 51. 
  3. ^ a b Wheeler, Ken (October 25, 1993). "It's his world and he loves it". The Oregonian. p. C1. 
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame Roll of Honor Members". Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Archived from the original on August 1, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ Nolen, John (March 28, 2000). "Younce Service is Saturday". The Oregonian. p. D2. 

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