By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Vince Young has finally decided to call it an NFL career. The enigmatic quarterback, who couldn’t make an NFL roster with several teams as of late, announced his retirement on KXAN-TV with Brent Carney in Austin, Texas.
This news comes down after he spent 12-days with the Cleveland Browns.
“It’s definitely official I think in my book,” he said. “Unless we get a great opportunity, something guaranteed… other than that I’ve started moving forward in some things.”
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Young mentioned that he would like to return to his alma mater, the University of Texas. He led the Longhorns to the 2006 BCS National Championship over the USC Trojans, while setting numerous school and BCS records.
His amazing performance in that game — along with his combine and Pro Day performances — he sprung up the draft board and the Tennessee Titans selected him with the third overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he was named the NFL’s Rookie of the Year and was also selected as a Pro Bowler.
He made another Pro Bowl with the Titans in 2009. Then, was released by the Titans following the 2010 season after five-seasons with the team.
He reportedly had an altercation with head coach Jeff Fisher that led to him being released. In 2011, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and was Michael Vick’s backup.
He started three games with the team, but wasn’t re-signed by them. He was then signed by the Browns, Buffalo Bills, and the Green Bay Packers but could not make the active roster of either team.
However, he never played another NFL down after leaving South Philadelphia.
His off-the-field problems may have led to him not being successful on the field again. Also, he developed a reputation as a coach-killer in the league.
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While a member of the Titans, he disappeared after being emotionally distraught from his home after a two interception game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He couldn’t be found for several hours after leaving his cell phone behind, causing Fisher to call the police to look for him.
“I had my ups and downs,” Young said. “I made the mistake of getting into it with my coach and that kind of hurt me a whole lot. When you go to different teams, they already have a bad perception of you. When that’s out there, there’s nothing you can do.”
As an NFL starter, he was 31-19. He also had just below 9,000 career yards with 46 touchdowns and 12 additional rushing touchdowns. He also had 51 interceptions.
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