Chase Young reveals what he said to teammates during fiery pregame speech

Ethan Cadeaux
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Chase Young reveals what he said during fiery pregame speech originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Chase Young is not your typical rookie, both with his play but also his leadership.

Ahead of Washington's Week 11 clash with Cincinnati Bengals, the pass rusher was captured leading a fiery pregame speech, riling up several of his teammates.

The message clearly resonated with his team, as Washington defeated Cincinnati, 20-9, to earn their third victory of the season.

Afterward, the pass rusher was asked what he said during his pregame speech. 

"I told them 'There are 365 days out of the year. Why 16 days you can't be a dawg?" Young said. "'Today was one of them days. Sixteen days out of the year, why can't you be a dawg?' And I kept repeating myself. Sixteen days out of 365 days. That's what I tried to shrink it down to."

What was arguably most impressive about Young's speech was the timing of it. The rookie was coming off the worst mistake of his young professional career, a late penalty against Detroit that set the Lions up for their game-winning field goal.

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Young owned up to that mistake from the moment it had and vowed to move past it. That's exactly what No. 99 did.

In the second quarter with Cincinnati threatening, he forced a fumble that saved a touchdown and forced a turnover. He also had a pass deflection and just set the tone for Washington's defense overall.

"I just told them to play with passion," Young said of his speech. "I feel like that energy before the game, I feel like that helped lead us into the game with just energy and momentum."