Tae-king over the IFLPublished 12:52pm Tuesday, February 26, 2013
By Ed Bailey
Sioux Falls Storm quarterback and Alexander City native Martevious Young is proof that opportunities to live a dream can come in all shapes and sizes, so long as you never wilt in the face of adversity.
Young, affectionately known as “Tae”, was a former standout signal-caller for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. Before dazzling Hattiesburg with his dual-threat ability, he plied his craft for the Benjamin Russell Wildcats.
While at times her surely made it look easy on the field, Young’s journey to professional football was anything but.
“After I graduated college, I set a goal for myself on how long I would pursue a career in professional sports,” Young said.
Being forced to toughen up at an early age when his mother passed away, Young turned to recreation in order to be a positive role model for Alexander City youths while patiently working toward a dream that, from the time Young graduated from Southern Miss, had three years to be realized.
Young didn’t rest on his laurels, though. He immersed himself into bettering the youth of Alexander City along with Alexander City Parks and Recreation Director Sonny Wilson and former Auburn defensive lineman and Alexander City native Michael Goggans. Along with Goggans, Young served as co-director of the Cooper Community Center.
“I have always wanted to give back to my community and provide hope for the youth,” Young said. “Everything Michael and I do, comes from the bottom of our hearts because we care so deeply for our city and wish to make a huge impact on the community.”
Young said the experience allowed him to cherish the blessings he had received, as well as those to come.
“Working with the Parks and Rec department and the Cooper Rec made me appreciate the little things in life,” he said.”
Young said his tenure heading up the Cooper Community Center left him more prepared for that fateful call from Sioux Falls head coach Kurtiss Riggs.
“I immediately dropped to my knees and thanked God for not only the opportunity to stay on task with my goal but also for the many people that had supported Michael and me,” Young said of that moment.
Since Young has received that opportunity, he is running with it, even if it was unexpected. He has referred to it as step one of his master plan.
“It’s something that I’ve grown to respect and love because it’s an opportunity to continue to play the sport that I love,” Young said. “It’s been tough, but I’ve humbled myself well enough to not complain.”
In his first start for the two-time defending IFL champions on Feb. 15, Young threw for 152 yards and three scores, while scampering for 101 yards and a score in the Storm’s 64-41 victory over the Green Bay Blizzard.
For his efforts, Young was named the IFL’s Offensive Player of the Year and has been called the IFL’s version of Colin Kaepernick, the dual-threat quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
Young said he’s only just getting started and will never forget his Alexander City roots.
“Still being considered as an up-and-comer in the league, I feel that I have to outwork everyone just because of the expectations I have for myself,” Young said. “I hope that the youth take my story and learn from it. I would like to thank Sonny and the Alexander City Parks and Recreation Department for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of such a great value to our city.”