Bryant Young's emotional Hall of Fame speech was one of the day's most memorable moments. Aug 6, 2022; Canton, OH, USA; Bryant Young speaks at his enshrinement during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022 enshrinement ceremony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Longtime San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Bryant Young was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday as part of the Class of 2022. His emotional speech was one of the highlights of the ceremony.

Young’s son, Colby, passed away of cancer in 2016 at only 15. He had been diagnosed and treated in 2014 but after complaining of a headache, Colby and his family learned that the cancer had returned and had spread. Young then shared memories of his son’s final days.

“Colby sensed where things were heading and had questions. He didn’t fear death as much as the process of dying. Would it be painful? Would he be remembered? We assured Colby that we’d keep his memory alive and continue speaking his name. On October 11, 2016, God called Colby home. Colby, you live on in our hearts. We will always speak your name.”

And while Young had to wait 10 years before being inducted into the Hall of Fame, he tied in his induction year with another way to honor his late son.

“I’ve learned to trust God’s plan and timing. Not mine. In this, my tenth year of eligibility, I enter the Hall as a member of this ’22 — 2022 — 22. It was Colby’s favorite number. Thank you.”

Steve Mariucci, who coached Young for six seasons with the 49ers, was emotional after hearing Young’s speech.

He was not alone. The NFL world paid tribute to the new Hall of Famer.

Young was drafted seventh overall by San Francisco in 1994. In his rookie season, he recorded six sacks for the 49ers and helped them win Super Bowl XXIX — to date the last championship in the franchise’s history.

In 1998, he suffered what appeared to be a career-threatening knee injury but returned the following year and recorded 11 sacks, earning the NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors, was named Second-team All-Pro and went to the Pro Bowl.

Young remained with the 49ers through his entire career, retiring in 2007.

[San Francisco 49ers, NFL]

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