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Vince Young says he’s retired, ready to move on

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Apparently, getting cut after two weeks in May with the Browns was a sign.

Former No. 3 overall pick Vince Young told Brent Carney of KXAN that he was retiring, and ready to take a job with the University of Texas.

It’s definitely official I think in my book,” Young said. “Unless we get a great opportunity, something guaranteed, . . . other than that I’ve started moving forward in some things.

“I love the NFL, will love the game always but I’m kind of moving forward and moving on right now.”

Young saw every end of the football spectrum, earning a pair of Pro Bowl berths with the Titans, but later bouncing through stints as a backup or camp arm with the Eagles, Bills, Packers and Browns.

He said he thought his early spat with Titans coach Jeff Fisher hurt his reputation in later years.

“I had my ups and downs,” he said. “I made the mistake of getting in to 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.”

Well, playing well might have been an option, since other players with baggage have gotten multiple chances.

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  1. FlashPatterson says: Jun 14, 2014 6:36 PM

    At least UT will always be around to give him handouts. It would really suck to actually have to work.

  2. johnqlunchbox says: Jun 14, 2014 6:38 PM

    What happened to “I’m gonna be in the Hall of Fame someday”?!?!

  3. indianarams says: Jun 14, 2014 6:42 PM

    He should try out as a personal punt protector for the Jets

  4. casurferho says: Jun 14, 2014 6:43 PM

    Don’t u think he’s earned it there

  5. joeflaccoallday says: Jun 14, 2014 6:44 PM

    Bust.

  6. casurferho says: Jun 14, 2014 6:44 PM

    Bridgewater is a future HOF, all that matters

  7. tjacks7 says: Jun 14, 2014 6:47 PM

    Where’s the $2 million dollar retirement party? I’ll be there.

  8. JMClarkent says: Jun 14, 2014 6:48 PM

    Based on his ability to read a defense and make the throws, he got more out of the game than many with a similar level of talent.

  9. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: Jun 14, 2014 6:48 PM

    Next Saturday he will be hosting a $300,000 retirement party.

  10. delhommed says: Jun 14, 2014 6:49 PM

    He could have kept playing if it weren’t for his episode outside of titans’ stadium where he was threatening suicide. He had a better playing career than Matt leinart!

  11. 3yardsndust says: Jun 14, 2014 6:49 PM

    Bust.

  12. jimthebuilder27 says: Jun 14, 2014 6:50 PM

    At least he got to be a member of the “Dream Team” before he retired!

  13. mazenblue says: Jun 14, 2014 6:52 PM

    Janitorial work?

  14. staffordsyear says: Jun 14, 2014 6:55 PM

    I hear the Bears still need a quarterback.

  15. damcmp says: Jun 14, 2014 6:57 PM

    Wow…the last one to know

  16. computojon says: Jun 14, 2014 7:00 PM

    Sure Vince, you’ll be in the Hall of Fame someday. Just $23 for an admission ticket, and closing time is 5pm.

  17. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 14, 2014 7:00 PM

    I wonder what kind of job Vince Young is going to take with the university of Texas, because he isn’t exactly the sharpest tool in the shed. The average Wonderlic score for QBs entering the NFL is 24, and Vince Young happened to score a whopping….6. Hopefully whatever job opportunity he takes on will not require him to actually use his brain.

  18. sumkat says: Jun 14, 2014 7:00 PM

    You know what this means, RETIREMENT PARTY!!!

    Who has half a mil? Anyone know a good loan shark?

  19. uglydingo says: Jun 14, 2014 7:03 PM

    Somehow, I doubt that the University of Texas position is an academic appointment.

  20. jimbo75025 says: Jun 14, 2014 7:06 PM

    I am going to follow VYs lead and today hereby retire from the NFL.

    Is it really retiring if no team will sign you anyway?

  21. mvp4mer says: Jun 14, 2014 7:06 PM

    Saw Vince at Packer camp last summer–hit more tackling dummies than receivers in the drills. Too bad because he sure could escape the rush and hurt you with his legs.

  22. jimmypx says: Jun 14, 2014 7:07 PM

    Umm…it was ALOT more than 1 episode Vince. From getting into it multiple times with your coaches, getting mad and throwing your pads into the stands, threatening to kill yourself, being lazy, and most importantly unable to grasp advanced offenses and to read defenses. Who says low Wonderlic scores don’t matter ?? Vince is lucky that his career lasted as long as it did and the guy made millions playing football. I’d say he should be thankful.

  23. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 14, 2014 7:09 PM

    So what other things are you going to do then?

    And I assume PFT is putting Tebow on the All-Unemployed team to fester up some chatter?

  24. mattbarkley123 says: Jun 14, 2014 7:10 PM

    VY HOF?

  25. denver1983 says: Jun 14, 2014 7:12 PM

    Some team needs to give him a legitimate shot. He’s better than a lot of starting qbs in the league

  26. bcboncs says: Jun 14, 2014 7:14 PM

    As a Browns fan, I’m surprised that I didn’t see the following message yet. I will just beat you haters to the punch.

    “Getting cut by the Browns is the final sign you’re gone from the NFL.”

    Blah blah

  27. packerbackernj says: Jun 14, 2014 7:14 PM

    Well be a real culture shock making $35,000 a year.

  28. philyeagles5 says: Jun 14, 2014 7:16 PM

    Fisher ruined this guy for sure.

  29. moeman79 says: Jun 14, 2014 7:17 PM

    Can we stop calling unwanted retired?

  30. fancyleague says: Jun 14, 2014 7:17 PM

    Vince Young had no business being anywhere near the Pro Bowl. He defined “Not a NFL QB” before anyone thought to say that about Tim Tebow. The fact that he was picked 3rd overall is the biggest joke since Michael Vick was picked 1st overall.

  31. kenny2neworleans says: Jun 14, 2014 7:18 PM

    There is something you can do when you have a bad perception. Prove it wrong and play well!

  32. condor75 says: Jun 14, 2014 7:18 PM

    At least UT will always be around to give him handouts. It would really suck to actually have to work.
    Yeah and you know that because what?

  33. f1restarter says: Jun 14, 2014 7:19 PM

    In three years, this same story will appear again…only with “Vince Young” replaced by “Teddy Bridgewater”.

  34. meleecyrus says: Jun 14, 2014 7:20 PM

    Hopefully he’s able to move on and be happy with whatever he does next. Don’t forget: football has basically been everything in his life up until now. It’s NOT easy to accept retirement and move on.

  35. jlilly67 says: Jun 14, 2014 7:24 PM

    He sucked, that’s about the long and short of it

  36. sportsfan18 says: Jun 14, 2014 7:24 PM

    Vince says…

    “It’s DEFINITELY official I THINK…”

    What do they teach those boys down there in classes in Austin?

  37. keylimelight says: Jun 14, 2014 7:28 PM

    Vince lost control of his ego when he was with the Titans. He was young then, but it proved to be a crucial mistake. At least he’s grown enough to admit it publicly.

    The ridiculous and careless way he handled his money was another unfortunate lesson.

    Those are couple of bitter, regret laden pills to swallow. I wish him well in his retirement and future at UT.

  38. dickshotdogs says: Jun 14, 2014 7:28 PM

    Hey Vince, you of the 3 on the wonderlic, we’ve known this for years. Like most thoughts you have, late on this one, too.

  39. vstar1us says: Jun 14, 2014 7:29 PM

    Just maybe he should have turned in his arm and tired out as a receiver! But any who good luck, and thanks for trying

  40. whatjusthapped says: Jun 14, 2014 7:34 PM

    Watched him in Packer’s camp last pre season and he was just god awful. Threw over the WR’s, threw behind the WR’s and threw to the Defensive backs. His inaccuracy was so bad that I wonder why the Packers even let him into the Pre Season games.

    He was so bad that when the Packers did cut him, even the Vikings passed him over and the Vikings rarely do that when a Packer hits the waiver wire.

  41. jojopuppyfish says: Jun 14, 2014 7:39 PM

    And to think Jay Cutler was the best qb in that draft

  42. tedmurph says: Jun 14, 2014 7:49 PM

    The NFL personnel people decided on his retirement, not Young. Young and DRussell are the poster children for not giving high 1rst rnd draft pks so much guaranteed money. I only wish it wasn’t too much to keep them regretting that they blew it and didn’t work hard enough, while so many undrafted guys would run thru a brick wall just to get a chance.

  43. seatownballers says: Jun 14, 2014 7:52 PM

    Bankrupt by xmas

  44. bigmike7914 says: Jun 14, 2014 7:53 PM

    He owns one of the most successful steakhouses in Austin,Texas, the next time any of you should go there you should stop by…

  45. deadeye says: Jun 14, 2014 7:55 PM

    I think the NFL said that Vince Young was retired long before Vince Young said that Vince Young was retired.

  46. Wineshard says: Jun 14, 2014 8:08 PM

    It was all downhill after James Harrison pile drived/drove him into the turf a few years ago.

  47. higheriqthanyou says: Jun 14, 2014 8:15 PM

    Young >>>> Kapernick

  48. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 14, 2014 8:17 PM

    I’ve never been so disappointed by any of my other favorite athletes. My disappointment in Ralph Sampson’s pro career wasn’t even close to this. I mean, Vince Young quit on his team–much like Kerry Collins did in Carolina. But Kerry came back and took the Giants to the Super Bowl and the Titans to the playoffs. Vince? He had to wait a year for his second shot and then a season after becoming the starter again, he has a locker room meltdown and throws his pads into the stands. I mean, what?

    Then he gets yet another shot with the Eagles … Fail.
    Then Bills … Fail.
    Then Packers … Fail.
    Then Browns … Fail.

  49. jimjets says: Jun 14, 2014 8:19 PM

    Easy to mock this guy now but I’ll always this is one of the worst cases of squandered talent we’ve seen. I think if he worked hard and cared and was a good guy he coulda made it. I still think he’s better than a lot of backups in the league Oh well cya VY

  50. pthepro49 says: Jun 14, 2014 8:31 PM

    Such a waste of talent. At least you played and won in the best college game I have ever seen in my life. Time to move on now Vince…..your washed up!

  51. justautumnwindbaby says: Jun 14, 2014 8:39 PM

    You guys are punks..
    why do “fans” ALWAYS pile on with “insights”?
    Are any of you in any way qualified to pass judgements on these players?
    How smart/mature/hardworking wete YOU at 20 years old.
    How well would YOUR life hold up to the same public scrutiny that players are held to?
    shut up and enjoy the games.

  52. realfootballfan says: Jun 14, 2014 8:43 PM

    The problem for Young seemed to be that he wasn’t bright enough to grasp the NFL playbook, which kind of dooms you once you’re not a starter because as a backup, no one is catering or “dumbing down” a playbook for you. Either you know it or you don’t, and if you don’t, you’re not going to have a job anymore.

  53. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 14, 2014 8:57 PM

    Look over his stats and can you tell me how the heck he made 2 pro bowls?

    2006: 2199 pass yards, 12 TDs, 13 INTs, 66.7 passer rating, 557 rush yards, 7 rush TDs

    2009: 1879 pass yards, 10 TDs, 7 INTs, 82.8 rating, 281 rush yards, 2 rush TDs

  54. billbrasky72 says: Jun 14, 2014 8:59 PM

    Vince Young, Josh Freeman, and Jamarcus Russell should get together and start a band or something.

  55. middy8484 says: Jun 14, 2014 9:01 PM

    A REAL LOSER. !!!!!

  56. thetooloftools says: Jun 14, 2014 9:02 PM

    This is Bud Adams biggest mistake. Listening to his smack and whacking [MAKING HIM WALK A PLANK] “The Man” (Jeff Fisher).
    It’s like Modell letting coach Brown walk away back in the day.
    “WHAT THE HELL WERE YOUR THINKING” SLAP SLAP SLAP.
    Vince Young … you had your time to shine and you screwed it all up.
    Now go open doors and be the house guy a Texas.
    It’s all you can do now.
    The same things are being said about you “SOFT”.

  57. connormyboy says: Jun 14, 2014 9:08 PM

    And no one cares

  58. jjrs89 says: Jun 14, 2014 9:18 PM

    I love VY but he did this to himself. He’ll never it get and despite everything that should have humbled him, he fails to take accountability. This statement blew my mind ““Unless we get a great opportunity, something guaranteed….” Something guaranteed? That entitlement is a part of what doomed him

  59. brucetrimble says: Jun 14, 2014 9:19 PM

    “Something guaranteed?” Vince, there is no such thing.

  60. fubarry says: Jun 14, 2014 9:27 PM

    Good luck VY.

  61. jkirby317 says: Jun 14, 2014 9:33 PM

    For a guy that had talent but not smarts…
    What can he teach a QB?
    Be fast? uh, throw it but sometimes run?

  62. nomoreseasontix says: Jun 14, 2014 9:44 PM

    For those who love to say that he’s better than half the starters on the league….

    No. He’s not better than any of them.

  63. fordmandalay says: Jun 14, 2014 9:49 PM

    Hope he’s going to be able to make it on what will probably be about a $40,000 (at best) make-work job at UT, especially since he’s got nothing left from his NFL pay. Forget about making it rain – he won’t even be able to make it partly cloudy.

  64. ravenmadnky says: Jun 14, 2014 10:01 PM

    Retired? That must be a new code word for washed-up and cut by the worst team in the league.

  65. nrns77 says: Jun 14, 2014 10:17 PM

    Running QBs always wash out. ALWAYS.

  66. ariani1985 says: Jun 14, 2014 10:27 PM

    If you can’t make the garbage roster of green bay then, yah, sigh.

  67. thefiesty1 says: Jun 14, 2014 10:30 PM

    31-19 as a starter is better than a bunch of so called starting QB’s that are nothing more than roster spots and should be holding a clipboard.

  68. GenXJay says: Jun 14, 2014 10:52 PM

    just another quitter. more than likely Vince was taught to throw his sucker in the dirt from packer coach Mike McCarthy.

  69. grantgoodman93 says: Jun 14, 2014 10:57 PM

    Good for him. Went back and got his degree, moving on. I personally think Jeff Fisher ruined his career.

  70. leagueobservr says: Jun 14, 2014 11:04 PM

    The high point of his football career was the National Championship Game in college. And even then, he didn’t win with his arm, but with his legs, you’d think the NFL would’ve figured that out then. You can’t get orange juice from a lemon, and he probably should’ve changed positions upon entering the league…

  71. campcouch says: Jun 14, 2014 11:33 PM

    I won’t kick him. He got to live a dream all of us would like to. Whatever his reasons for not living up to his potential,he got a shot. Fisher could’ve put the voodoo on him but karma has a way of working itself out and the Rams are learning that. Looking back at his issues,there are far worse things going on in the league than what he did. I hate anything Texas (except brisket) but I did enjoy him putting it to USC. I’m glad he’s found a bit of closure and returned home.

  72. csbanter says: Jun 14, 2014 11:55 PM

    Hear in New York its almost time for Summer Youth Jobs, maybe they can make an exception for Young.

  73. csbanter says: Jun 14, 2014 11:55 PM

    *Here

  74. riverhorsey says: Jun 14, 2014 11:56 PM

    Classic example of a very talented guy that couldn’t overcome his attitude.

  75. jaylamaq says: Jun 15, 2014 12:04 AM

    All y’all bad mouthing VY are haters. The man came in the NFL and had a lot of “Wins”(despite a horrible wonderlic score and the inability to read defenses). He is still a winner and will forever go down as one. Just look at the numbers (they don’t lie). His rookie year, Mike Vick broke the QB rushing record with over 1,000 yards rushing and Vince did more than half of that (552 as a Rookie). He won rookie of the year as the first QB taken out the draft that year and made the playoffs and ProBowl as a rookie. There’s a reason why he felt the audacity to be arrogant….because he had “SUCCESS”. To me he did more for his team than Cam Newton has done so far and Cam still has a job last I checked. I like Cam too but he also has taken jabs at VY and hasn’t done as much as Vince. He can’t even make a Madden cover (Vince been there and done that too). He is better than most backup’s in the league so stop the blatent disrespect of this man and give him a serious shot again.

  76. gmsalpha says: Jun 15, 2014 12:13 AM

    I like how Vince is “kind of moving forward….”.

    Yeah. That pretty much sums it up.

  77. sopadegato says: Jun 15, 2014 12:38 AM

    Yet, he’s still better than any QB on the Texans roster.

  78. sportsguy3434 says: Jun 15, 2014 1:16 AM

    Vince when people figured out that you could only read half the defense it was downhill from there.

    People in Austin think he walks on water so he will be fine and will get lots of freebies.

  79. footballfan72 says: Jun 15, 2014 1:39 AM

    Bout Damn Time!

  80. footballfan14 says: Jun 15, 2014 1:41 AM

    Glad to see you got your degree Vince and I hope it works well for you in your new career. Not to be mean but it’s not really retiring unless you had offers to play and turn them down. I think all 32 NFL teams already decided that and probably told your agent that they won’t sign you so you are just realizing you need to move on. I wish you well but you can at least be honest and admit there is no interest and that’s why you are moving on.

  81. guyizzo says: Jun 15, 2014 1:56 AM

    Love all the Young bashing. How many times has anyone here won the biggest game in college football? He’s a bust because he was in the league for almost a decade? Just because he wasn’t Joe Montana doesn’t mean he wasn’t a good Qb.

  82. bigmike7914 says: Jun 15, 2014 2:14 AM

    Rex Grossman had a job last year, that alone speaks volumes about the NFL, if you had a team and had to pick between Grossman and VY who would you pick?

  83. nite2al says: Jun 15, 2014 5:13 AM

    How do you know his intelligence level? From a wonderlic? Didn’t Ryan Fitzpatrick score the highest? Well, he threw a lot more picks than VY. You guys can really dump on a guy who simply didn’t make it in the NFL. He didnt go out and commit crimes; he had personal issues…He wasn’t a bad guy.

  84. jayquintana says: Jun 15, 2014 5:14 AM

    Not to be mean, but isn’t this akin to me saying, “I withdraw from courting Scarlet Johansen”?

  85. nobreak1269 says: Jun 15, 2014 5:40 AM

    What address do we send cheesecakes we want to donate to him?

  86. vaughnjoe says: Jun 15, 2014 5:48 AM

    This guy had what it took to make it but I’m afraid hes the type that couldnt get it straight

  87. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 15, 2014 5:57 AM

    Still waiting to hear how Jeff Fisher ruined his career.

    As ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky sarcastically tweeted in response to that stupid claim: “Yes! Vince was cut by four other teams. Fisher is that powerful.”

  88. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jun 15, 2014 6:10 AM

    Vince, newsflash you have been retired since 2011.

  89. weismobile says: Jun 15, 2014 6:13 AM

    Dream Team

  90. pantsukudasai56 says: Jun 15, 2014 6:14 AM

    Vince Young didn’t say he was retired, the NFL told him he was retired because no one wanted him on their team.

  91. nativeraider says: Jun 15, 2014 6:25 AM

    All this hate, what did he actually do to hurt his team? He did nothing but have a winning record as a QB. A number of franchises would take that.

  92. bbk1000 says: Jun 15, 2014 7:13 AM

    And thus he follows Reggie McNeal, Ingle Martin and Brodie Croyle into retirement….what a draft class indeed…

  93. mnsadsportsfan says: Jun 15, 2014 8:27 AM

    Man how broke is Vince? What a bust.

  94. lenbias34pt says: Jun 15, 2014 9:10 AM

    It’s definitely official I think in my book,”… “Unless we get a great opportunity……
    I’m not sure how Vince feeds himself, let alone what job he is qualified to preform.

    In the class with Russell, Steve Young, Mike Vick and Kyle Boller as far as having the greatest tools ever to be an elite QB.

  95. slick50ks says: Jun 15, 2014 9:49 AM

    The moral of the story?

    Being great in college doesn’t mean much in the NFL.

  96. pascalswager42 says: Jun 15, 2014 10:13 AM

    VY wonderlic – 6

    Johnny Football wonderlic – 32

    Hmmmmm…..

  97. 49erstim says: Jun 15, 2014 10:33 AM

    Let’s hear one more time from Florio that the Wonderlic score doesn’t matter…..I’ll be waiting. This dude was emotionally unstable and a dummy to boot. I was rooting for the guy to resurrect his career, but this is solely his fault even though his comments clearly paint him as the victim.

  98. jrbtoo says: Jun 15, 2014 10:34 AM

    Vince will make it to the Hall of Fame, however he will drive to canton and buy a tickets like everyone else :)

    Vince and Matt Leinart can sit and talk about what could have been

  99. jeanoroid says: Jun 15, 2014 10:49 AM

    CFL or Arena?
    They’ve got to want him

  100. pencilfart says: Jun 15, 2014 12:13 PM

    to think VY made the cover of Madden…SMH.

  101. djstat says: Jun 15, 2014 12:14 PM

    Over/under until how long VY sues the NFL for concussion disclosures?

  102. timtomandkevin says: Jun 15, 2014 1:02 PM

    I have so much pity… for the students that UT will subject him to.

  103. tbone8801 says: Jun 15, 2014 1:28 PM

    well….Bye.

  104. djshnooks says: Jun 15, 2014 1:37 PM

    I wish he could have stuck in Buffalo.

    Such a huge disappointment…Manziel is going to follow VY/Tebow’s path.

  105. shlort says: Jun 15, 2014 2:23 PM

    The Titans were a successful team while Young was playing there. Not because of Young though. They would have won 2 Super Bowls with a QB that was better than average.

    Vince Young got the credit for winning just like Kaepernick and Wilson do today. I didn’t see Trent Dilfer getting any credit in Baltimore, and he has a ring with the Ravens. Just sayin’.

  106. oldcracker says: Jun 15, 2014 3:01 PM

    Texas….would you expect anything else?

  107. denverdude7 says: Jun 15, 2014 5:26 PM

    In three years, this same story will appear again…only with “Vince Young” replaced by “Johnny Manziel”.

  108. fubar5150 says: Jun 15, 2014 5:36 PM

    Retired he played????

  109. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jun 16, 2014 8:47 AM

    if there is one person i am sure will die clueless, its vince young.

  110. NFLJunkie says: Jun 16, 2014 9:40 AM

    “All this hate, what did he actually do to hurt his team? ”

    If you have to ask, you didn’t live through it.

  111. tformation says: Jun 16, 2014 12:55 PM

    “I made the mistake of getting in to it with my coach and that kind of hurt me a whole lot.”

    Well, yeah. That was pretty dumb, Vince.

    Hope part of your new job at the U of Texas is to tell kids about to enter the NFL, “Hey, don’t argue with the head coach. That’s a really bad idea.”

  112. mystereo says: Jun 16, 2014 11:04 PM

    Mark my words, he’ll be signing autographs to pay rent for the rest of his life.

  113. evansvc says: Jun 20, 2014 6:20 PM

    What would it hurt to take a look at Vince Young…..
    (NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    Don’t let this guy retire without giving him a tryout….
    He can help a team…even if it’s only to upgrade the team’s quarterback pool…

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