|Date of birth:||February 13, 1922|
|Place of birth:||Vinton, Iowa|
|High school:||Fort Madison (IA)|
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James Stewart Youel (born February 13, 1922) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and Boston Yanks. Born in Vinton, Iowa, he played college football at the University of Iowa.
Youel was born in Vinton, Iowa and attended Fort Madison High School, where he participated in football, basketball, and track. His mother was originally hesitant to let him play football because she had lost a brother to a broken neck while he played football.
Youel attended and played college football at the University of Iowa as a quarterback and punter. In 1942 he helped the Hawkeyes defeat the previously unbeaten Wisconsin Badgers, 6-0. During the game he had four punts of 50+ yards, which helped stall the Wisconsin offense. After the 1942 season, Youel was chosen to play in the Chicago College All-Star Game, and the All-Stars beat the Washington Redskins 27-7. In 1943 Youel graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering.
After finishing his service with the Navy, Youel was signed by Cleveland Rams in January 1945. However, he was traded to the Washington Redskins for guard Al Fiorentino before ever playing with the Rams. In 1946 and 1947 with the Redskins, he served as the backup quarterback for Sammy Baugh.
On June 1, 1948 Youel was traded, along with end Joe Duckworth, to the Boston Yanks for offensive tackle Tom Dean. He started only one game for the Yanks (in early October) and was then waived, after which he was signed by the Detroit Lions. Youel misunderstood the signing, however, and accidentally reported to the Philadelphia Eagles, and missed the October 24th game against the Los Angeles Rams. He then took a train to Detroit where he was informed that he had been sent to the Rams. Youel never played for the Rams, however, and sent was back to the Washington Redskins for the end of the 1948 season.
After Youel retired from the NFL, he became a math teacher and football coach for his alma mater, Fort Madison High School. In 2008 Fort Madison renamed their football field "Jim Youel Field" in his honor. Youel was named to the Iowa Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
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