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On a day full of memories for some of the best NFL

On a day full of memories for some of the best NFL players of all time, San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Bryant Young delivered the moment fans will never forget. Young dedicated a portion of his Hall of Fame speech to his son Colby, who died of cancer in 2016.

Young began the heartfelt and emotional message by stating he has mentioned all but one of his children. He then shared Colby’s story and explained why remembering Colby was so important on the day Young was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Young said Colby started experiencing headaches at age 13. Doctors discovered and removed a tumor, which was cancerous. Young talked about Colby’s heart and determination after that surgery. Colby’s cancer returned a year later. He died in Oct. 2016.

Young said Colby wanted to know if he would be remembered after he died. Young said the family “assured Colby we would keep his memory alive and continue speaking his name.” Young then directly addressed Colby. Breaking into tears, Young said, “Colby, you live on in our hearts. We will always speak your name.”

Fans clapped and gave Young a standing ovation after he delivered that message.

8 inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday
Young was one of six players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in Canton, Ohio. Tony Boselli, Cliff Branch, LeRoy Butler, Sam Mills and Richard Seymour were the other five players to make it into the Hall. Boselli became the first member of the Jacksonville Jaguars to receive the honor.

Seymour, a long-time member of the New England Patriots, found a way to poke fun at Tom Brady during his speech.

St. Louis Rams coach Dick Vermeil and long-time NFL official Art McNally were also inducted Saturday. Vermeil immediately turned the spotlight on his players when given the opportunity to speak in front of the crowd.

Vermeil also shared a special moment with Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, who gave Vermeil the news he would be a Hall of Famer.

Bryant Young was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday, and his acceptance speech extolled the virtues of “sacrifice, selflessness and integrity” that marked a 14-year career with the 49ers.

Young made reference to his devastating knee injury in 1998 from which he made a miraculous recovery, but was brought to tears, along with many others in the audience, with an inspirational message about a far greater loss.

Bryant Colby Young, one of six children of Bryant and Kristin Young, died of brain cancer in 2016 at age 16. Diagnosed with a brain tumor at 13, Colby had surgery to remove the tumor and was back at school eight days later.

“His spirits were good. He had the heart of a lion,” Young said.

Colby was told radiation treatments would make playing football impossible, so he concentrated on basketball instead.

“The treatments were hard. Colby showed immense courage,” Young said. “We were really hopeful, and the following October, Colby said, `Dad I have a headache.’ The cancer was back.”

The cancer had spread and Colby’s condition was grave.

“Colby sensed where things were heading and had questions,” Young said. “He didn’t fear death as much as the process of dying. Would it be painful? Would he be remembered? We assured we would keep Colby’s memory alive and continue speaking his name.

“On Oct. 16, 2016, God called Colby home. Colby, you live on in our heart,” Young said as his voice cracked with emotion. “We assured Colby we would keep his memory alive and keep speaking his name.”

Young, 50, was one of seven people enshrined at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. Those who joined Young with local connections were former Raiders wide receiver Cliff Branch, defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who played four years with the Raiders, and former NFL coach, Calistoga native and San Jose State product Dick Vermeil.

Also becoming members of the 362-member Hall were Jacksonville tackle Tony Boselli, Green Bay safety LeRoy Butler, former official Art McNally and New Orleans and Carolina linebacker Sam Mills.

An eight-time winner of the 49ers’ Len Eshmont Award as selected by his teammates as the most inspirational player, all of the qualities which made Young such a revered teammate were on display during his 12-minute speech. He was understated but profound, honest and spiritual. In his 10th year of eligibility, Young got the requisite votes in part because a group of offensive linemen that faced him lobbied Hall of Fame voters in Zoom calls.

The audience included Hall of Famers and former teammates Steve Young and Terrell Owens among others. Bryant Young becomes the 29th 49ers player to receive a gold jacket.

Young was presented by daughter Kai and former owner Eddie DeBartolo, and in the crowd were his wife Kirsten, his father Tommy and four children.

In 14 seasons, Young set a franchise record with 89 1/2 sacks and as a rookie starter was a key component of the 49ers’ last Super Bowl championship following the 1994 season. Young suffered a broken tibia and fibula in the 12th game of the 1998 season against the New York Giants that not only threatened his career but his ability to walk. Young made a miraculous recovery, playing all 16 games of the 1999 season and being named NFL Comeback Player of the Year.

Young gave credit to his wife for helping him get through a difficult time.