New Bears defensive end Willie Young was feeling nostalgic as he returned to Detroit over the weekend to participate in a charity softball game hosted by a few of his former Lions teammates. The 28-year-old spent the first four seasons of his career in Detroit and eventually worked his way up the depth chart to become a starter after being selected in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
"We definitely broke ways on good terms," Young told Justin Rogers of MLive.com. "I definitely enjoyed my years here. I can say that. I'm thankful for the opportunity I was able to create here that landed me in Chicago."
Young figures to be a big part of the Bears defensive line rotation in 2014, along with fellow newcomers Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston. In 2013, Young started 15 games, collecting 47 tackles, three sacks and five pass deflections. While playing the Lions twice per year is a nice bonus to staying in the NFC North, his first game back in the Motor City could be extra special because it's the annual Thanksgiving Day Classic.
"Obviously it's a divisional move for me, but at the same time ...it's a little more than another game. I can't say it's just another game, playing against guys that I practiced against for so many years."