When you hear the name Vince Young, you may think about the 2006 BCS National Title Game between the Texas Longhorns and the USC Trojans. That game Young pulled off one of the best performances in college football history.
Young led Texas to a 41-38 victory and was named the Rose Bowl MVP. Young was the face of the Texas football program after that remarkable performance. When the team needed a touchdown, there was no doubt he would get it for them. That’s how Young competed during his time at Texas. He cemented his name as one of the best ever to play. He was poised to go on and have a successful football career, but that wasn’t the case.
Vince Young’s career at Texas
Young made his Texas debut in 2003 as a redshirt freshman. He finished the season throwing six touchdowns and rushing for 11. During his redshirt sophomore season, he threw the most touchdowns and rushed for the most. He had 12 passing touchdowns and 14 rushing touchdowns. Texas looked for Young to lead them to the national championship game during his time there.
The next year he did not disappoint. He led Texas to an 11-0 regular-season record. They would go on to win the Big 12 championship game and earn a berth in the National Championship Rose Bowl game. Texas would matchup against a USC team that was regarded to be one of the best college football teams of all-time.
Young was up for the challenge and carried his Texas team to victory. Young accounted for 467 yards of total offense and three rushing touchdowns. He saved his best performance for last. During his time at Texas, he set many records and won multiple awards. He had one of the best careers in college football history and he was set to have the same success in the NFL.
Young’s NFL career
Young was the third overall pick by the Tennessee Titans in the 2006 NFL draft. Young had a successful rookie season with the Titans. He was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, the NFL Rookie of the Year, and was named to the AFC Pro Bowl team as a reserve. Things were going in the right direction for Young. But injuries happened to Young that took a turn for the worse.
During the 2008 season, Young injured his knee in the first game of the season. He was no longer the starter for the remainder of the season. The next season Young came back and was ready to earn his starting spot. After starting 0-6, Young became the starting quarterback and led his team to five straight wins. The 2009 Titans were the first team in NFL history to win five straight after losing its first six games. Young made the 2010 Pro Bowl for the second time in his career.
After the 2009 season, Young would not see that same success again. His last season in the NFL was in 2011 with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he only played in six games. In 2014, Young announced his retirement from the NFL.
After six years of not playing in the league, Young tried to make a comeback in the Canadian Football League playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Due to an injury he suffered in preseason, he was cut by the team.
What happened to Vince Young?
From being a nationally known football player at Texas to being an NFL Rookie of the Year, Young faced some off the field issues. In an interview he did almost a year ago with a radio station in Houston, he admitted to going to rehab and solving some problems he had.
“A lot of people don’t know I went to rehab,” Young said. “A lot of people think I went to rehab for drinking. No, I went to rehab to hit the reset button.” Young had some run-ins with the law for driving while intoxicated. That opened his eyes, and from there, he wanted to change the way he was living. Football took a toll on Young, and he always wanted to succeed no matter what.