Vince Young has attracted plenty of attention over the years for the wrong reasons. It’s only fair, then, to shed light on something positive he’s accomplished.
On Friday, Young graduated from the University of Texas.
“This will rank No. 1 because it is what I came to school for,” Young told Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com on Thursday night. “I came here to get an education, and to win a national championship. And now, I get to put that smile on my mom’s face.”
Young left Texas after a performance for the ages against USC in the Rose Bowl, becoming the third overall pick in the 2006 draft. A rocky relationship with coach Jeff Fisher (much of which was Young’s fault) culminated in Young being cut in 2010. He signed with the Eagles in 2011, made his unfortunate “Dream Team” remark at his introductory press conference, signed with the Bills in 2012, and was cut before the season began.
Now, Young will have a college degree, but he’s not done with football (even if football is done with him).
“I’m about to be the first in my family to graduate,” Young said. “Just finishing what I started. That’s why I’m trying to get back in the NFL. To finish what I started. That is the type of guy I am. I do work hard — even when the times are good or bad. That’s just how I was raised.”
Time’s running out for getting back to the NFL. Today, Young turns 30. If the comeback doesn’t happen now, it probably never will.