James Norman "Dirty Thirty" Young (born June 6, 1943) is a former professional American football and Canadian football player. Young played running back and wide receiver for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings for two seasons (1965–66), and the CFL's BC Lions for thirteen seasons (1967–79). Young is a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, the BC Sports Hall of Fame, and the Queen's University Football Hall of Fame. Young's #30 jersey is one of ten numbers retired by the BC Lions. In 2003, Young was voted a member of the BC Lions All-Time Dream Team as part of the club’s 50 year anniversary celebration. In 2006, Young was voted to the Honour Roll of the CFL's top 50 players of the league's modern era by Canadian sports network TSN.
Young was nicknamed "Dirty Thirty", for his aggressive style and jersey number. Sports journalist Jim Taylor would write a football biography of Young featuring the same name.
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- ^ "BC Lions Retired Numbers". BCLions.com. Retrieved 2007-03-28.
- ^ "BC Lions Dream Team". BCLions.com. Retrieved 2007-03-28.
- ^ "TSN Top 50 Honour Roll". TSN.ca. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2007-05-01.
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