- Position: Fullback
- School: Grambling State
- High School: Grambling, LA (Grambling HS)
- Years: 1945-1948
- Inducted: 2000
- Place of Birth: Grambling, LA
- Date of Birth: Jun 25, 1928
- Place of Death: Inglewood, CA
- Date of Death: Sep 15, 2001
- Jersey Number: 35
- Height: 6-3
- Weight: 225
Member BiographyPaul Younger started at Grambling at tackle, but it
didn't take young coach Eddie Robinson to see that
Younger's size and quickness were better suited in
the backfield. There, he earned the nickname "Tank"
by running over everything that got in front of him.
A record setting career in the backfield and at
linebacker earned him a spot on the 1948 Pittsburgh
Courier All-America team. Tank was the Tiger's leader
on offense and defense. As a freshman, he led the
nation in scoring with 25 touchdowns, scoring many
times on end-around plays. In his junior year, he
rushed for 1,207 yards and scored 18 touchdowns.
Younger also completed 43 of 73 pass attempts, 11 for
touchdowns. His career totals show 60 touchdowns,
which at the time was a collegiate record. After his
senior season, he was named black college football's
Player of the Year. He had a very successful NFL
career with the Los Angeles Rams and the Pittsburgh
Steelers, earning Pro Bowl status five times.
He became the first black player to play in an NFL
All-Star Game, and after his playing days, went on
to become the league's first black assistant general
manager in 1975. Younger died September 15, 2001 at Inglewood, California, at age 73.