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Vince Young: You can’t say I’m not a hard worker and a leader

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As he attempts to convince some NFL team to give him a shot at a comeback, Vince Young has admitted that he could have handled some things better in his career. But he says any talk that he lacks the work ethic and leadership qualities necessary to be an NFL quarterback is false.

Young said on ESPN that it frustrates him that people have accused him of laziness, because that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“You could never say that I wasn’t a hard worker, leading the team, doing all these things that they said I’m not doing,” Young said. “And that’s what kills me when I’m out here working extremely hard every summer time and don’t get the opportunity to shine like most guys has had. I just want a lot of people to understand that I have been through a lot in my life, in my 29 years, and I have owned up to it. I’ve made my mistakes. But I just really feel like people can get past that and let me finish my career like I want it to be and be a great asset for a football team.”

The 29-year-old Young has undeniable talent and showed flashes of the ability to be a great quarterback during his time with the Titans. But he also had flashes of immaturity, and he failed to develop as a passer. After the Titans gave up on him, the Eagles kept him around for one year, and the Bills kept him around for one training camp.

If any team is going to give him a chance again, that team is going to have to be convinced that Young really is a hard worker who’s capable of leading an offense. And no matter how many times Young insists that he’s a hard worker and a leader, his reputation around the NFL precedes him.

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106 Responses to “Vince Young: You can’t say I’m not a hard worker and a leader”
  1. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:44 PM

    Nolan Nawrocki is flabbergasted.

  2. cooklynn17 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:44 PM

    Um…..really Vince, watch this

    Hey Vince you’re not a hard worker or a leader.

    Just pressed the red Staples button.
    “That Was Easy”

  3. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 3, 2013 4:45 PM

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  4. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 3, 2013 4:45 PM

    LOL!

  5. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 3, 2013 4:45 PM

    LOL, Vince is funny!

  6. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Apr 3, 2013 4:45 PM

    Vince just wants a shot, guys. Can’t a first round draft pick and Heisman finalist and college national champion just get a shot?

  7. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 3, 2013 4:45 PM

    HAHAHA!

  8. randallflagg52 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:45 PM

    That’s exactly what everyone says about you Vince. That’s why you don’t have a job.

  9. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 3, 2013 4:46 PM

    LOL! I can’t stop laughing!

  10. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 3, 2013 4:46 PM

    LOLOLOLOLOL!

  11. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 3, 2013 4:46 PM

    LOL? LOLOL

  12. liondriven says: Apr 3, 2013 4:46 PM

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    Vince was never a hard worker.
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    A “leader”? …What a joke.
    .
    Another delusional —-

  13. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 3, 2013 4:47 PM

    LOL! LOLOLOL!!

  14. stainlessstill says: Apr 3, 2013 4:47 PM

    ….says the guy who takes hissy fits and looks like a mama’s boy quitter on the sidelines….

  15. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 3, 2013 4:47 PM

    HAHAHA!!!

  16. kdub69 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:48 PM

    Such talent but mostly wasted. Most people are probably scoffing at his statement. He is a leader-or he was. Hard worker? Not so sure. Would be great if he could pull it together and give it his all for some team. I just don’t know if anyone is willing to take a chance on him again. It’s a shame.

  17. fdugrad says: Apr 3, 2013 4:48 PM

    Nobody can say that I am not the Easter Bunny. See Vince? Anybody can play this game.

  18. cuda1234 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:48 PM

    Is there a difference between VY and TT?

  19. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:48 PM

    After spending most of yesterday getting Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice fired, ESPN spent today trying to find Young a job. What in the world would we ever do if we didn’t have ESPN to tell how to think?
    Scary.

  20. wolff111 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:48 PM

    I can say Vince..

  21. waynexbond says: Apr 3, 2013 4:49 PM

    So go prove yourself in a different football league and maybe an NFL team will give you another shot. Nah, he’d rather complain.

  22. squared80 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:49 PM

    You’re not a hard worker or a leader.

  23. bucrightoff says: Apr 3, 2013 4:49 PM

    Too easy

  24. melikefootball says: Apr 3, 2013 4:50 PM

    Frustrates me that ESPN, First Take ,continues to be on Young’s side as they pick and choose who is there buddy. A lot of people want a third and fourth chance but don’t get to do it on National TV.

  25. igster1 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:50 PM

    hey here’s another one for the deadskins. made for them.

  26. redfield11 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:50 PM

    I don’t care if you’re a hard worker or leader, I care that you suck at football

  27. sallust99 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:51 PM

    VY – there a minium 0f 96 qbs in the NFL (not counting practice squad players) and you can’t be one of those guys – why is that?

    Need a hint or do we need to go back review that wonderlic score again?

  28. jhein23 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:52 PM

    His arm looks like a T-Rex when he throws the ball

  29. toybkshr says: Apr 3, 2013 4:52 PM

    Jeff Fisher can say it!

  30. spartan822 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:52 PM

    Vince, you’re not a hard worker OR a leader.

  31. deangelo23hall says: Apr 3, 2013 4:52 PM

    You may be a hard worker, and you may be a good leader…

    …but the truth is that your a **** quarterback.

  32. csf081183 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:53 PM

    vince was one of the most talented college quarterbacks ever and showed flashes in the NFL. I hope he does get another shot. Maybe he has learned a thing or two about life because of what he has been through.

  33. rr2000k says: Apr 3, 2013 4:53 PM

    Wanna bet?

  34. rc33 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:53 PM

    Sooo..
    Vince never got “the opportunity to shine like most guys did.”
    Got it.

  35. kh221 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:54 PM

    How about delusional and mediocre. Can I say that?

  36. savvybynature says: Apr 3, 2013 4:54 PM

    He should go to Canadian football for a year and light it up (OK, poor choice of words in Vince’s case, but you know what I mean) and then maybe he will get his shot.

    I have to say, he is 3X the QB Tebow is, and that guy seems to be able to hang around. Maybe he could take a lesson from that — sure, he’ll never be the media darling Tebow is, but I think Tebow’s work ethic and humbleness give him at least some credibility with teammates and coaches.

  37. kylexitron says: Apr 3, 2013 4:54 PM

    Good leaders usually set a good example by blowing their millions and going bankrupt.

    Wait…

  38. zar21 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:54 PM

    The guy who applied for a lockout loan and spent 1 million of it on 1 party

    This guy is not fit to work for mcdonalds.. let alone an NFL team.

  39. kgun80 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:56 PM

    What a idiot.. Vince you are the exact opposite. You had all the talent and skill in the world to succeed in the NFL. You just didn’t put the work in… You pouted in the sideline like a 10 year old.
    I can’t stand people like this guy you had the opportunities and wasted them. You couldn’t beat out Brian Brohm because you had issues with the playbook and you weren’t in shape.

  40. blacknole08 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:56 PM

    How can Young say that with a straight face? Remember when jeff fsher was looking for you when you quit on your team opening day a few years back?

    Some leader. And he had real potential too.

  41. devrick says: Apr 3, 2013 4:57 PM

    He can lead men to take off their shirts and drink tequila…

  42. sallust99 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:57 PM

    bobzilla1001 says:
    Apr 3, 2013 4:48 PM
    After spending most of yesterday getting Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice fired, ESPN spent today trying to find Young a job. What in the world would we ever do if we didn’t have ESPN to tell how to think?
    Scary.

    You are 100 percent correct – we should add when ESPN is not otherwise deciding who should play for the National Championship in college football. Scary is right

  43. bluenose1965 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:57 PM

    kdub69 says:
    Apr 3, 2013 4:48 PM
    Such talent but mostly wasted. Most people are probably scoffing at his statement. He is a leader-or he was. Hard worker? Not so sure. Would be great if he could pull it together and give it his all for some team. I just don’t know if anyone is willing to take a chance on him again. It’s a shame.
    —————————————————

    The only shame is that the guy had multiple opportunities to make millions and have the world as his oyster, and he pissed them all away.

    Want to prove you’re a hard worker Vince? Go back to school and get an education, because the one you got first time isn’t helping you do anything but sound like the spoiled brat you’ve been your whole career.

  44. adeedothatswho says: Apr 3, 2013 5:00 PM

    “And that’s what kills me when I’m out here working extremely hard every summer time and don’t get the opportunity to shine like most guys has had.”

    Um….you were handed a starting job out of college. You were the Offensive Rookie of the Year. You certainly had your chances.

  45. coltzfan166 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:02 PM

    Fair, and yes a good QB has those qualities, but having those qualities doesn’t automatically make you a good QB.

  46. EJ says: Apr 3, 2013 5:04 PM

    I would give Young another chance in Buffalo. He could probably beat out Kolb for the starting position. No, he couldn’t beat out Ryan Fitzpatrick, but Fitz is a better QB than Kolb, tougher, smarter, more accurate and a better leader. Heck, now I am starting to second guess the release of Fitzpatrick. He is most likely a better option than Kolb or Young. I guess we will find out sooner than later if that is the truth or not. As for Young, It probably wasn’t his physical tools that got him cut, It was most likely his inability to learn the playbook.
    If Young wants to ever play again, he has to spend much more time learning rather than relying on his physical attributes all the time.

  47. keylimelight says: Apr 3, 2013 5:07 PM

    Check that, Vince. It’s not the things we can’t about you…it’s the things that we CAN say about you, like: You’re a bit too self-centered and prideful to even understand what leadership is.

  48. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:07 PM

    its amazing how when something isnt handed to u, then u become humble and want to finally work hard, and also when yr broke too

  49. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 3, 2013 5:08 PM

    Didn’t get the opportunity “most guys has had”?
    I count three opportunities.

    He didn’t get the chance to finish his career the way he wanted to, but it is finished.

  50. tennesseeoilers says: Apr 3, 2013 5:08 PM

    Vince, the Titans, Eagles and Bills beg to differ.

  51. denbronx says: Apr 3, 2013 5:16 PM

    Sorry Vince but you’re not a leader. In fact you’re kind of a bum.

  52. jimiinpa says: Apr 3, 2013 5:28 PM

    Vince Young: You can’t say I’m not a hard worker and a leader——–sure you can

  53. topgun1019 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:30 PM

    “Vince Young is not a quitter.”

    - Jay Cutler

  54. seaeagle707 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:31 PM

    Sorry Vince, the Cardinals QB Room is full. Maybe you could be a backup at Jax. WAIT!!! You could be Colin’s b/u at SF. It’d be the perfect place for you. You could learn sooooooo much from Harbaugh. What a great idea!!!!

  55. realskipbayless says: Apr 3, 2013 5:37 PM

    I can say it.

  56. dezmick says: Apr 3, 2013 5:38 PM

    Leadership don’t mean squat if you can’t throw the football. Just ask Tim Tebow about it.

  57. standintexas says: Apr 3, 2013 5:42 PM

    Vince, Vince, Vince,

    Explain to me again why you threw your shoulder pads into the stands and stormed off the field before the game was over!!!!

    The NFL isn’t PeeWee, High School of even College football. It’s the best of the best. AND the best of the best have brains and know how to use them. Maturity is also a major leg up. ESPECIALLY when they expect you to be the quarterback and actually be the LEADER of the team.

    Jeff Fisher would never have drafted you if Bud Adams hadn’t pulled homeboy rank on him.

  58. pjrhc says: Apr 3, 2013 5:44 PM

    What he IS is broke and desperate. Maybe he’ll be desperate enough to work hard this time, who knows. Could be had cheap, though…

  59. trollaikman8 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:47 PM

    So much delusion, so much privilege.

    He needs to rent out an airplane and sit there in solitude and think about what he just said.

  60. sterling7 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:49 PM

    “A hard worker and a leader”-is that why he’s at where he’s at?!

  61. blu4l1fe says: Apr 3, 2013 5:57 PM

    Ummm… Yes we can!!!

    This guy is slowly but strongly emerging as a better comedian than a football player. He really should have started in comedy rather than his lame-a$$, failed attempt at football. He’d still be broke but, at least, people would remember him for being funny rather than a football disappointment.

    Keep em coming Vince!

  62. pinion8ted says: Apr 3, 2013 6:08 PM

    He’s still going to the Hal of Fame, right????

  63. clu1perceiver says: Apr 3, 2013 6:20 PM

    Vince, do yourself a favor, look in the mirror and ask yourself, ” What is my greatest weakness as a NFL QB? ” Each year in the league you have been less and less effective for multiple reasons. Working hard on the wrong things has put you where you are today.

  64. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 3, 2013 6:24 PM

    He needs better handlers. And his new handlers need to keep him far away from anyone who may make note of his idiotic ramblings.
    This guy can’t help but say stupid things.

  65. footballfan84 says: Apr 3, 2013 6:25 PM

    Dream team haha.

  66. bartlettruss says: Apr 3, 2013 6:27 PM

    I think he’s a backup QB, but I always thought he was a very good backup. I’m not really sure what was happening behind the scenes to leave him unemployed, but it wasn’t his ability to play. Lots of team could improve their #2 QB position by giving VY an opportunity.

  67. vincentbojackson says: Apr 3, 2013 6:28 PM

    However, you can say he’s not in the league anymore.

  68. firestarter0728 says: Apr 3, 2013 6:29 PM

    Being a hard worker doesn’t automatically make you a good quarterback.

    A good basic rule of thumb is, you need to at least be somewhat smarter than the ball.

    Too bad, Vince.

  69. bgm9876 says: Apr 3, 2013 6:38 PM

    hes not a hard worker he has some mental problems

  70. bgm9876 says: Apr 3, 2013 6:41 PM

    The Seattle Seahawks are no longer in search of a franchise quarterback, but they could use a quality backup after agreeing to deal Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders on Monday (per Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer).

    According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Seattle may be interested in veteran quarterback Vince Young to fill the void:

    Rookie signal-caller Russell Wilson was one of the most impressive first-year players in the league last season, amassing 3,607 yards of offense and 30 total touchdowns in 16 regular-season games under center. He led the Seahawks to a playoff win over fellow rookie Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins and proved his immense value to a team desperately in need of a franchise quarterback.

    Wilson’s success and cap-friendly contract allowed Seattle to trade Flynn, but it still needs a capable backup as an insurance policy for the diminutive signal-caller. Young would be a logical option to fill that void.

  71. cowboys1980 says: Apr 3, 2013 6:57 PM

    He has to be better than Ryan lindley and John Skelton…..

  72. michaeljacksonisback says: Apr 3, 2013 6:59 PM

    The steelers should sign him up ASAP!!!

  73. bryantrulen says: Apr 3, 2013 6:59 PM

    vince is a HSP….Highly Sensitive Person who did make some poor choices along the way , but i do believe he is good at heart and is a very good leader out on the football field. Im sure he is a hard worker, but everyone thinks they work hard until they find out just how hard guys like Brady, Manning Brees work out.

  74. jsrdc says: Apr 3, 2013 7:02 PM

    I should say related to the nightmare called the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles. 2012 was even worse – the two disappointing seasons 0f a collective 12 wins versus 20 losses makes it easy to mix up the two……

  75. seaeagle707 says: Apr 3, 2013 7:03 PM

    Yeah, that’s all we’d need.

  76. mjkelly77 says: Apr 3, 2013 7:06 PM

    A broke man will say anything. Soon he’ll be selling his autograph on street corners for a dollar a pop.

  77. JMClarkent says: Apr 3, 2013 7:11 PM

    Other than the ability to read defenses or make the throws, he ha everything you would want in a QB!

  78. vaphinfan says: Apr 3, 2013 7:27 PM

    Dream Team

  79. dragonrider2300 says: Apr 3, 2013 7:34 PM

    Let’s see Vince prove his talent and work ethic playing for an indoor football team – show how willing you are to play football when it does not involve millions of dollars for you to waste. QB Kurt Warner and Bills RB Fred Jackson proved themselves in the indoor football leagues. Vince needs to prove he is not just after a payday.

  80. therealpittbull says: Apr 3, 2013 7:38 PM

    I was extremely excited to see Bruce Gradkowski backup Ben in pgh, but if Young is available, I would bring him in also. Great size, has won, and I believe he has learned much.

    Funny how Kolb can get another opportunity, but he’s accomplished NOTHING in the NFL. Vince won on every level, and was the victim of a coaching staff that didn’t even want him drafted to their team. The owner has a habit of taking Texas alums, and here comes Vince. Contrary to belief, people do change.

  81. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Apr 3, 2013 8:00 PM

    OK, since he’s both a leader and a harder worker, that must mean that he’s an idiot and untalented.

    There you go, Vince.

    Something must be seriously wrong with Young if teams rather chance Pat White as a 4rth QB over him.

  82. prmpft says: Apr 3, 2013 8:01 PM

    Well – Yes, in fact we can… We may also say you are an IDIOT and we wish you would just GO AWAY!

  83. strokeytheclown says: Apr 3, 2013 8:13 PM

    Yes I can!

  84. firstand4ever says: Apr 3, 2013 8:23 PM

    I’d love to see Vince Young get one more chance. A great spot for him would be Houston to back up Schaub. The Jets should also consider him. He is better than Sanchez and knows Morhninweg’s system.

  85. ghjjf says: Apr 3, 2013 8:37 PM

    Have you seen him lately? He is borderline obeese, definately not a hard worker.

  86. evansvc says: Apr 3, 2013 8:38 PM

    Vince Young would be a perfect fit for a team needing a quarterback. … He is Motivated, Hungry and Determined to prove he can still play this game at a high level…. and that he can lead a team deep into the playoffs and possibly to the SuperBowl… Vince Young is salary-cap friendly “Low Risk – High Reward” type of guy… He’s a wise choice for the smart Team Owner/GM….

  87. db3300 says: Apr 3, 2013 8:40 PM

    Vince has always been a “one read and then run if he’s not open” QB. That might work in college but not the NFL.

  88. bvolke says: Apr 3, 2013 8:41 PM

    You have to admire Vince Young. It’s rare to see a human being lack this much self-awareness.

  89. fdugrad says: Apr 3, 2013 8:47 PM

    It is interesting to note several posts mentioning lesser accomplished qbs securing positions as backups, and wondering/marveling as to VY’s present situation, employment-wise. I infer his out-of-work status as a CLEAR sign that, despite his record and all-pro designations, his other traits or qualities outweigh them. It seems logical that troubling traits he has, or is perceived to have could be insurmountable. In football, these troublesome areas would include quitting on a team, undependable behavior on a regular basis, and at crunch time, cutting corners/laziness, inability to assimilate complex game plans and/or not understanding and reading defensive schemes, as well as no evidence of interest in changing any of the above deficiencies. It wouldn’t surprise me if these are the REAL red lights, in which case his continued status as an unemployed qb could continue for a long, long time, if not permanently.

  90. EJ says: Apr 3, 2013 9:04 PM

    After reading some of the comments, I ran across one that said the Jets should think about Young as an option. I absolutely agree. The Jets could probably get a lot more out of Young than any other team in the league. Reason being, two words: David Lee. David Lee is possibly the best Quarterback Coach in the NFL, hands down. If anyone could revive Young’s career, It would be him. So how about it Jets Fans? Would you take a chance on Vince Young?

  91. steelernationisuperiortothelowlyplebsofthenfllolol says: Apr 3, 2013 9:06 PM

    LOL

  92. abninf says: Apr 3, 2013 9:29 PM

    Hey Vince, Pat White got signed. Pat freaking White. And not you. LMAO

  93. bradygirl12 says: Apr 3, 2013 9:55 PM

    Um,Vince? Jeff Fisher would beg to differ.

  94. bgm9876 says: Apr 3, 2013 9:56 PM

    The same week that likely first-round pick Geno Smith had his committment to football questioned by Pro Football Weekly’s Nolan Nawrocki, former first-rounder Vince Young spoke publicly about the misconceptions concerning his work ethic.

    “You could never say that I wasn’t a hard worker, leading the team, doing all these things that they said I’m not doing,” Young said during an appearance on ESPN (via PFT).

    Young was the third player taken in the 2006 draft and spent five years in Tennessee as the on-again, off-again starter before serving as Michael Vick’s backup in Philly in 2011. The Bills released Young before the 2012 season and now he’s looking to get another shot.

    “And that’s what kills me when I’m out here working extremely hard every summer time and don’t get the opportunity to shine like most guys has had,” Young continued. “I just want a lot of people to understand that I have been through a lot in my life, in my 29 years, and I have owned up to it. I’ve made my mistakes. But I just really feel like people can get past that and let me finish my career like I want it to be and be a great asset for a football team.”

    Physically, Young is certainly capable of being an NFL backup. Unfortunately, both above-the-neck and off-field issues make teams wary.

    Still, Young has a supporter in Donovan McNabb, who thinks the former Texas Longhorns star deserves a second chance.

    “Give him an opportunity to get back on his feet and also get himself established in this league,” McNabb said last week. “He was able to apologize to [coach Jeff] Fisher and move on with his life. Give him an opportunity, bring him into camp and show his talents once again. He did it at the Texas Pro Day [Tuesday]. Obviously, a lot of eyes were focused on him. He was able to elevate and show he is still working hard to get back to be an elite quarterback.”

    McNabb’s glowing recommendation aside, Young faces long odds for another chance at NFL redemption.

  95. bert1913 says: Apr 3, 2013 10:01 PM

    best birthday planner in the world

  96. cglacius says: Apr 3, 2013 10:08 PM

    I agree that some of the negative comments about VY’s laziness and leadership qualities are overblown, but VY just needs to stop yapping and prove his critics wrong.

  97. ohsoblessed1 says: Apr 3, 2013 10:20 PM

    If Colt McCoy can be someone’s back up, so can VY.

  98. bgm9876 says: Apr 3, 2013 10:31 PM

    dont sign with the redskins there just going to wreck you.. oh wait you already are!!!!!!

  99. forever9ers says: Apr 3, 2013 10:36 PM

    You meant quitting and partying right?

  100. dwnhillwhaler says: Apr 3, 2013 10:42 PM

    Cmon somebody give Vince a job Cheesecake Factory needs the money.

    Dude you couldnt make the Bills roster! this is not an NFL playbook so I hope its easy enough to remember: Welcome to McDonalds where every Friday is $1 Big Mac day!

  101. drohanimal says: Apr 3, 2013 11:14 PM

    You’re not a hard worker or a leader.

  102. slammincamnewton says: Apr 3, 2013 11:25 PM

    If you can’t cut it in Buffalo, you can’t cut it anywhere, bub.

  103. dolfan13 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:57 PM

    He worked hard to oust Jeff Fisher and he led Bud Adams to support the wrong person. So yes; he’s a leader and hard worker.

  104. 11thstreetmafia says: Apr 4, 2013 5:14 PM

    You are not a hard worker and you are not a leader.

  105. monkeyboymotors says: Apr 4, 2013 9:40 PM

    you’re too old now Vince. you should have grabbed the brass ring when you had the chance.

  106. trapshoot says: Apr 4, 2013 10:06 PM

    Vince, they can say it, you just don’t like to hear it.

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