Who is Jack Youngblood?

Herbert Jackson ‘Jack’ Youngblood was born in Jacksonville, Florida USA, on 26 January 1950 – his zodiac sign is Aquarius, and he holds American nationality. He’s a former American Football player, known best for the 14 seasons which he played for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL) as their defensive end.

Early life and education

Jack was raised in Jacksonville alongside his sisters Lynn and Paula, by their father Herbert J. and mother Kay Youngblood; little is known about Jack’s family, as he respects their privacy. He became interested in football while still attending a local elementary school, but became more serious about it after having enrolled at Monticello-Jefferson County High School.

He played offensive lineman and linebacker for their team the Tigers, and was their captain for the 1966 season, when they became state champions, while Jack earned All-State honors with his 70 tackles; he received various other accolades in the same year, including All-Conference, All-Big Bend and Outstanding Lineman. Jack was also a basketball player during his teenage years, but eventually chose to focus solely on football.

Playing football at college

Jack matriculated in 1967, and then enrolled at University of Florida. He began playing for the University of Florida’s Gators in 1967, and was a varsity letterman for the following three years. He was a defensive end as a freshman, which was a big change for him as he had played linebacker at Monticello-Jefferson.

Jack continued playing defensive end as a sophomore, although he also played defensive tackle, and was in charge of kicking chores. For his 1969 season, he numbered 66 tackles and set a university’s record with his 14 sacks. Jack was named first-team All-American in 1970, as well as voted Southeastern Conference (SEC) Lineman of the Year, and it was believed that he would also win the Outland Trophy, but which eventually went to James R. Stillwagon. In 1972, Jack graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in finance.

Career as a professional Football Player

Jack was picked by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1971 NFL Draft as the 20th overall pick; he signed a three-year $105,000 contract with the Rams, which included a signing bonus of $30,000.

He started four games during his first season, and the magazine “Football Digest” named him All-Rookie. After Rams’ defensive end Deacon Jones was traded to the San Diego Chargers in 1972, Jack took over his position and was named to his first Pro Bowl in the following year, and again in 1974, ‘75, ‘76 and 1977. The United Press International named Jack NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1975, while the magazine “Pro Football Weekly” named him NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year. Jack played in the 1979 playoffs as well as in Super Bowl XIV with a fractured fibula, and it’s also known that his leg was injured when he played in the 1980 Pro Bowl; because of this, Jack was dubbed ‘John Wayne of football’. He set a personal record in 1979 with his 18 sacks, and continued playing until 27 August 1985, when he announced his retirement.

Career after football

Jack turned to other things after football, and went on to appear in a couple of movies, including the 1986 action drama “C. A. T. Squad”, and the 1988 sequel “C. A. T. Squad: Python Wolf”; he portrayed secret service agent John Sommers, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the latter. He also launched his career as a reporter as soon as he retired. Jack was a co-host of the ESPN show “NFL GameDay” in 1985 and 1986, while the following year saw him make regular appearances in ESPN shows “Star-Shot” and “Great Outdoors”. He became a radio analyst for the Rams in 1987, and held the job for the following four years. In 1992, Jack became a radio analyst for the Sacramento Surge, and then for the Sacramento Gold Miners in the following year. Between 2000 and 2003, he was a co-host of the show “Wal-Mart’s Great Outdoors”.

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Working in football administration

Between 1985 and 1990, Jack worked for the Rams in marketing and player relations, and was also their color analyst between 1986 and 1991. He started working for the Sacramento Surge as their director of marketing in 1991, and then moved to Sacramento Gold Miners in 1993. He became the vice president and general manager of the Orlando Predators (Arena Football League) in 1995, and during Jack’s final year with them, they won the 1998 Arena League Championship.

Love life and wife

Jack prefers to keep the details of his love life away from the media’s attention, but it’s still widely known that he’s today a married man.

He hasn’t spoken about how and when he met his future wife Barbara, nor about when they exchanged vows, however, it’s believed that they married sometime in the ‘80s; both Jack and Barbara are philanthropists, and it’s said that they were introduced by a mutual friend at a fundraiser event. Barbara’s today working at the organization Young Life for the Orlando Chapter as a member of their executive committee. They have a son Robert together, but the boy has been kept away from the media’s attention since his birth; his exact date of birth and profession remain unknown. Jack hasn’t spoken of any other women whom he has perhaps been with, and as of June 2022, he’s married to Barbara, and they have a son together.

Hobbies and other interests

Jack became interested in philanthropy while still attending the University of Florida; he often spoke to young groups and helped raised money for underprivileged children. He took part in the 1986 event Hands Across America, organized to help relieve hunger in the US. Jack’s today mostly focused on supporting the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, helping former NFL players. He’s into travelling, and has been all around the world for both work and pleasure, while his dream travel destination is Berlin, Germany.

Jack’s a lover of animals, with dogs being his favorites, and he has had a couple of pet dogs. He enjoys watching movies late at night – his favorite actor and actress are Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie, while a couple of his favorite movies include “Top Gun”, “The Last Samurai” and “Mr. and Mrs Smith”.

Age, height and net worth

Jack’s age is 72. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft 4ins (1.93m) and he weighs around 245lbs (110kgs). As of June 2022, his net worth has been estimated at more than $20 million.

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