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Personnel Guru George Young Headed To Hall Of Fame

Another former NFL great with ties to the Dolphins is headed to the Hall of Fame.

Longtime personnel guru George Young joined the elite club Wednesday morning when the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the remainder of the 15-member Centennial Slate for the Hall of Fame Class of 2020.

That came three days after the live announcement on FOX that former Dolphins head coach Jimmy Johnson would join Bill Cowher as the coaches in the Centennial Slate.

Young spent 30 years in the NFL as an assistant coach, director of personnel, general manager and senior vice president of football operations for the league.

Shula and George Young

Four of those years were spent with the Dolphins as director of personnel and pro scouting from 1975-78. During that time, Young worked with Bobby Beathard, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a contributor in 2018.

During those four years, the Dolphins used the draft to acquire future Pro Bowl selections Bob Baumhower, A.J. Duhe, Kim Bokamper and Doug Betters, who would be named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1983.

The Dolphins had a 37-21 record during Young's four seasons with the team.

The other contributors selected by a Centennial Blue-Ribbon Panel for the 2020 Hall of Fame Class were former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and the late Steve Sabol from NFL Films.

The 10 Senior players in the Centennial Slate are WR Harold Carmichael, S Bobby Dillon, S Cliff Harris, T Winston Hill, DT Alex Karras, S Donnie Shell, T Duke Slater, End Mac Speedie, DE/LB Ed Sprinkle and T Jim Covert, Dolphins Hall of Famer Dan Marino's college teammate at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Class of 2020 will consist of 20 members and the final five members will be added on "Selection Saturday," the day before Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium, when the modern-era player finalists are voted on by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Of course, one of the finalists is former Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas, along with S Troy Polamalu, RB Edgerrin James, DT Bryant Young, DE/DT Richard Seymour, FS John Lynch, S Steve Atwater, S LeRoy Butler, WR Reggie Wayne, WR Torry Holt, WR Isaac Bruce, LB Sam Mills, T Tony Boselli, G Alan Faneca and G Steve Hutchinson.

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