There was a lot expected of quarterback Vince Young when he came out of Texas in 2006 in the NFL, however for one reason or another, he was just never able to get that career to skyrocket. Now, on Saturday, Young has officially decided to call it quits.
“I’m retired,” Young said via NFL.com, “Unless we get a great opportunity, something guaranteed … I’ve already started moving forward. … “It’s definitely official, I think, in my book.”
Early on in his career, it seemed that Young would have the career that many expected. He was drafted third overall by the Tennessee Titans and then head coach Jeff Fisher in the 2006 Draft, and he went on to have one of the more successful rookie campaigns of anyone in history, winning both the Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year awards, as well as being named to the Pro Bowl.
Nothing was ever right from that point on, though, and following an altercation with Fisher in 2010, Young was released from the team that drafted him out of college.
Since then, Young has never been able to find a new home.
He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles at one point to back up Michael Vick, famously dubbing the entire squad the “Dream Team” prior to the season beginning, comments that would come back to haunt him when they didn’t exactly all play up anywhere near to that standard.
Most recently, he spent time with the Green Bay Packers, never playing a down.
As for what lies ahead for the man who threw for over 9,000 yards, 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions in his career, who knows? But, especially recently, you have to commend him for fighting this long to keep the dream alive.