Chase Young turned in his best professional game on Sunday in Washington's 23-15 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The 2020 No. 2 overall pick stuffed the stat sheet and scored his first career touchdown in the win, as the Football Team took over first place in the NFC East with three weeks to go.
Speaking with local media postgame, though, Young said that while he's happy with his performance on Sunday, he knows Washington still has plenty of work to do to achieve their goals.
Then, the rookie paid tribute to one of his idols -- the late Kobe Bryant -- saying the mentality the Lakers' legend embodied throughout his career is something Young and the rest of his team can follow the remainder of the season.
"I like to think, 'What would Kobe do?' Kobe wouldn't be smiling," Young said. "He'd put his head down and keep working to achieve what he wanted to achieve."
Throughout his 20-year NBA career, Bryant was known as one of, if not the hardest worker in all of sports. There are countless stories of him going above and beyond to outwork all of his counterparts. It's part of the reason Bryant is on the shortlist of best players to ever play in the NBA.
When the Lakers were up two games to none in the 2009 NBA Finals, Bryant famously did a press conference without cracking a smile. When asked why he was so serious, Bryant responded: "What is there to be happy about? The job is not finished."
On Sunday, Young took a similar approach when asked how Washington can continue to motivate itself, now that they are in first place in their division.
"We're not done yet. We got some more games left," Young said. "We got to keep our head down, we got to keep moving."
While Washington now controls its own destiny, a playoff spot is far from certain. The Giants sit just one game behind the Burgundy and Gold, and Washington has a tough matchup coming up against the 9-4 Seattle Seahawks.
Washington is playing its best football of the year, but Young knows his team will need to continue to get better moving forward to hold off the rest of the division.
"We're not satisfied," Young said. "We're going to keep going."