Usama Young

Usama Young is a valued member of the Insightful Player® team.  To be named to this team, one must be a person of integrity, such as a current or former NFL player, who shares their personal message of hope for the sole purpose of lifting the spirits of all, especially children.

Oakland Raiders, Usama Young

His Radiant Spirit Lights Up the World On and Off the Field

Usama Young is an inspiring ball of energy that leaves a permanent imprint of hopefulness on everyone he meets.  His upbeat attitude, genuine concern for others and his unswerving commitment to being the best man he can be will take him far in life — both on and off the field.

In 2007, Usama was drafted by the New Orleans Saints. Usama was a steadfast asset on special teams and defense. Usama also played with the Cleveland Browns and he is now with the Oakland Raiders.  He is a quick footed Defensive Back and a solid contributor on defense.  In 2009, he made the transition from Cornerback to Safety. In May of 2009, he graduated from Kent State with a degree in physical education.

In 2008, Usama was selected as one out of many applicants by voters on as the winner of the League’s “Super Ad” competition.  His father, Leroi, appeared in the Super Bowl ad with him.  Winning this competition was a tremendous accomplishment he will never forget, and an experience he and his father will both cherish forever.

Usama feels extremely blessed to be playing professional football.  He attributes his success to his tremendous faith in God and his highly supportive family. He recognizes that a lot of kids don’t have the tremendous support he had growing up so he reaches out to them every chance he gets.

Usama is an empowering person who thrives on encouraging kids to believe in themselves. He has a special gift of seeing the very best in others and has an unyielding passion to get kids to see it within themselves.

Usama had a modest beginning growing up in the Washington, DC area as the youngest of 6 boys with Islamic Muslim roots.  The most difficult time for Usama was when he was only 4 or 5 and his parents split up.

Usama’s mom thought it was in the boys’ best interest to live with their dad to ensure they would be raised as strong young men.  His mom remained a strong and loving presence in her children’s life.

Usama initially thought it was his fault that his parents got divorced.  His greatest wish at the time was that they would get back together.  He wants kids to know it is never their fault and that it will work out in the long run.

Usama affectionately recalls how his parents did their very best to keep a smile on their kids’ faces.  Both his parents remarried and his mom blessed Usama with a little sister who is 8 years his junior. Usama’s father became a Christian when he remarried.  His mother continued her dedication to her Muslim faith, always reminding Usama to pray.

Usama’s faith is now at the center of his world.  “My faith in God guides me to be my best. The night before every Saints game, I call my father and step-mother and we pray together.”

The person Usama admires most is his dad.  While Usama was attending Kent State he got a frightening phone call from his family. His father was diagnosed with cancer and was in intensive care fighting for his life.  This opened Usama’s eyes and made him respect and appreciate his father even more.

Usama also admires his cousin who was tragically shot and is paralyzed from the waist down. His cousin believes there is so much to smile and be happy about in life.  This cousin taught Usama that you’ve got to be strong. This will give you the resilience to endure anything life brings you. He recommends, “If you are feeling down, go out and put a smile on someone else’s face.  Very quickly, you will feel better than ever and have blessed someone in the process.”

Usama takes his commitment to serve youth seriously and started the Usama Young Youth Foundation . The mission of the Foundation is mobilizing youth to work to their potential through hands-on and interactive programming that aims to strengthen youth from single-parent families and underserved communities and youth with learning disabilities through tutoring, leadership development, mentoring, and advocacy.

He loves to use the blessings he has to bless others. On his one and only day off Usama makes sure he does something for the community.  This man is so busy it is no wonder that one of his favorite getaways is his cozy bed.

Usama Young is an Insightful Player® team member extraordinaire. There should be a movement afoot to make this wonderful “Young” man an iconic role model for our youth.

Instant replay of Usama’s guiding principles:

  1. Bad times will always bring something good, and things will always get better.
  2. Say no to boredom by staying active.
  3. Find your passion, give it your all, and make sure you have fun.
  4. Don’t let the bad things get you down. Find something to smile about, regardless of your situation.
  5. You can accomplish any goal you have in your heart. Never ever listen to people who tell you that you can’t. With commitment, training, and desire, any goal can be accomplished.
  6. If you’re feeling down, muster up the courage to keep going and put a smile on someone else’s face.
  7. Being positive is the only way to have a happy life. You can do this and you have it within you.
  8. If everything goes wrong, keep in mind it could be much worse. You may have hit a bump in the road, but you are still breathing.
  9. You’ve got to be strong in everything you do. Commit to building your character and you will be amazed at how strong and resilient you become.
  10. Surround yourself with people who are doing great things with their lives.

The Insightful Player® series is brought to you by Coach Chrissy Carew, Hall of Fame Master Certified Personal and Business Coach and Author of her newly released book, INSIGHTFUL PLAYER: Football Pros Lead A Bold Movement of Hope.  Chrissy has been deeply inspired by her father, the late Coach Walter Carew, Sr.  Her father is in several Halls of Fame as a high school football coach and baseball coach (as well as high school and college athlete). He used sports to help kids build strong character and teach them valuable life skills.  The Insightful Player® initiative was created to help make our world a much better place by inspiring youth. To contact Chrissy Carew visit or call 603-897-0610.

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  1. Joseph F. Blackburn/Munoz Sr. says:

    I challenge anyone to call Jesus(Yashua) to show Himself if he is who He says He is and he will if you call Him with your heart and sincerity>God so loved the world that He sent His only Son to take the rap for all of us so we may share eternity with Him. God loves you and me.(John 3:16)Shalom,love you all.JB

  2. Joseph F. Blackburn/Munoz Sr. says:

    Jesus said ,You shall know them by your love.”I appreciated your life story Usama.I was once one of the best swimmer in latin America(Panama C.A.)I had religion,but not Faith in God or know who God was until March 15th 1971 in a Baptist Church at Balboa Panama Canal.Before that I was a lost person as a a man doing all kinds of sin,divorced lost 3 children,but that day,I heard for the first time in my life by Pastor Hester from Texas,Jesus (Yashua)said,”IAM THE WAY,THE THRUTH AND THE LIFE AND NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.”Raised religiously and no knowledge of the Bible,I was a lost person and heading to hell.That day,I was born again thruthfully for if I was not,I would not be emailing this to you.Read the Bible 12 times and going on the 13th time and it gets better.1971-2010=39 years walking with God.have I arrived?No,but,I know who will get there because he,Jesus.made the way for me to spend forever with Him and the new world he will create(Revelation 21-22).Thank you for this opportunity to share the Love of God.

  3. Joseph F. Blackburn/Munoz Sr. says:

    Thank you for this website.It gives us followers of Jesus a place to express to the world the Love of God=JESUS THE ONLY SON OF GOD.Many have challenged me to this statement.My answer to them is read the BIBLE start in the book of John(new testament) with an open mind and heart and as you go along ask Jesus to show Himself to you and he will because he said he would.People would say,”He died.” and I would say,”no,He lives.You live where you make your choice while you are on this Earth=heaven or Hell.You do not believe there is no Heaven or hell?Then there is no prisons/jails(BREAK THE LAW) nor disney land,beaches to go,mountains to see(keep the law).Many religions,but ONE FAITH-WHO?IS JESUS A LIAR OR TRULY THE THRUTH,THE WAY AND THE LIFE TO THE FATHER(GOD).CHECK IT OUT,I DID AND IAM GLAD.LOVE YOU ALL.


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