The San Francisco 49ers have learned that former defensive lineman Bryant Young has been elected to the 2020 Class of the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. Young, currently a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020 that will be voted on and announced this Saturday, led San Francisco’s defensive line throughout his entire 14-year career from 1994-2007. BASHOF, as the whole Class of 2020, will be announced in February.
Young, the 49ers all-time career leader in sacks with 89.5, is a Super Bowl XXIX Champion, four-time Pro Bowler, and 1996 All-Pro. He was also named the 1999 AP Comeback Player of the Year after a broken leg ended his previous season. Young was also named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1990s.
Young is one of 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his first time as a finalist in his eighth year of eligibility. Those 15 finalists will be considered for election to the Hall of Fame when the Hall’s Selection Committee meets on “Selection Saturday” in Miami the day before Super Bowl LIV. The full committee will elect five Modern-Era Players who must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent from the committee. The players will join 15 additional enshrinees to form the Class of 2020.
One of the most respected players in franchise history, Young’s teammates voted him the winner of the Len Eshmont Award for courageous and inspirational play, a stunning eight times. No other player has won the award more than twice.
“The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame will announce its entire 2020 class during the week of February 10,” said Mario Alioto, Chair of BASHOF. “Given the timing of the 49ers success, BASHOF felt it was appropriate to pre-announce the selection of 49ers great, Bryant Young, into our 2020 class. The formal induction banquet will take place on May 11.”
Other 49ers greats in the BASHOF include Bill Walsh, Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Jerry Rice, and Steve Young. The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame began in 1979 by Lou Spadia, former president of the San Francisco 49ers. Today, BASHOF celebrates over 40 years of enshrining the greatest athletes from the Bay Area past and present. Young’s Bay Area ties also extend to San Jose State University, where he served as Defensive Line Coach in 2010.
About Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame
The mission of the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame is to celebrate the great athletes of the Bay Area. This process begins with an annual ballot of eligible athletes that is sent to numerous sportswriters, broadcasters, team executives, and past BASHOF Inductees. The balloting results are tabulated and evaluated by the BASHOF Hall of Fame Committee, and a new inductee class is selected. The class is then inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame at its annual Enshrinement Banquet that will take place on May 11, 2020, at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.