Len Younce

  • 6x All-Pro selection (1941, 1943, 1944, 1946-1948 ) 1 2 team
  • NFL 1940s All- Decade Team
  • Oregon Sports Hall of Fame

Leonard " Len " Alonzo Younce ( born January 8, 1917 in Dayton, Oregon, USA, † March 26, 2000 in Enterprise, Oregon) was an American Football player. He played in the National Football League ( NFL) for the New York Giants.

Playing career

College career

Younce visited in Portland high school. After finishing school, he studied from 1938 to 1940 at Oregon State University. There he played at different positions American football. In 1940, Younce moved in with his team in the Pineapple Bowl. In the game, the University of Hawaii could be defeated with 39:6.

Professional career

In 1941, Younce was drafted by the trained by head coach Steve Owen New York Giants came 67th in the eighth round. Younce was used as a player in the offensive line, as a linebacker, but also as a punter and kicker. In 1944, Younce scored with 48 punts a space gain from 1941 yards. This was Ligabestleistung this year. Younce went with the Giants four times in the NFL championship game. The team from New York City have not won any of the games. In 1941, the Giants had defeated the Chicago Bears with 37:9. 1943 witnessed a 28:0 defeat against the Washington Redskins. The following year, the Green Bay Packers kept with 14:7 the upper hand over the Giants, although Younce could intercept a pass by the opposing quarterback in the game. In 1945, he had to interrupt his career due to his military service in the U.S. Army. He served in the Army as a Corporal.

In 1946 he returned to the Giants and reached with his team again the NFL playoff. Once again, the Bears playoff opponents and the Giants were lost again with 24:14. After the 1948 season Younce ended his playing career.

Coaching career

Younce looked after his playing career, first from 1949 to 1954 as an assistant coach at his old college. From 1960 to 1962 he acted in the same capacity with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and then moved to 1965 to the Edmonton Eskimos worked. Both teams play in the Canadian Football League ( CFL). Until he retired in 1992 he was coach of various high- school football teams. Len Younce died on 26 March 2000 and is buried at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.


Younce was six times elected to the All- Pro. He is a member of the NFL 1940s All- Decade Team, the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and in the Hall of Fame of his colleges.