Vince Young returns to Texas

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Unable to get an NFL job and unwilling to show what he can (or can’t) do in Canada, Vince Young finally has decided to hang it up.  He’ll now return to the place from which he came.

The University of Texas has announced that Young will return to the school, with a job in its Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.  He’ll become as of September 1 a development officer for program alumni relations.  The job will entail helping to raise money that will support efforts to address the educational challenges of first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds.

The specific income Young will receive for his efforts isn’t known.  A decade ago, he gave the school plenty and got no money in return.

The third overall pick in the 2006 draft, Young’s early career generated plenty of promise along with boasts of an eventual bust in the Hall of Fame.  Instead, he eventually washed out of Tennessee and, in time, the rest of the league.

26 responses to “Vince Young returns to Texas

  1. I’m happy for him, I guess, but I have to wonder how many people were passed over for this gig who were far more qualified.

  2. A decade ago, he gave the school plenty and got no money in return.
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    Sure, if you don’t count the ~160k+ in schooling costs, undoubtedly many benefits from boosters giving him things under the table, and the ability to train in a world class facility, show his skills, and raise his draft stock to 3rd overall, for which he made millions and millions before he flunked out of the league.

    It’s a good thing they have him that free schooling too, as he’ll need to put it to use with no future making anything in the NFL.

  3. good for him. sounds like those close to him took advantage of him. a sad story, but unfortunately, not uncommon.

  4. I wonder if he scored a 6 on the interview??? I guess the university of Texas felt bad for him… Because the NFL didn’t. He was one of those kids that had success at the college level but didn’t have success in the NFL. And yes I know he won some games but the kid was dumb as a rock. Could not read NFL defenses to save his own life. Plus coming out of college had this ego thing going on thinking he was gods gift or something.

  5. He may not get a bust in the Hall of Fame, but he’ll have an entire hall in the Busts of Fame.

  6. Im sure it’s a very demanding job, requirig an amazing work ethic and a real knack for business…*eye roll*

    /sarcasm off

  7. Vince, I became of fan of yours in the fall of ’04 … was ecstatic when you pretty much single-handedly beat the best team in the nation for the national championship a year later … was stunned when you were drafted by my favorite team, the Titans, in ’06 … so I bought your higher end replica jersey, most of your rookie cards, bobbleheads, and even a VY jacket … JACKET! … celebrated when you won Rookie of the Year … bought your official tennis shoes … and was on the edge of my seat as you entered the playoffs for the first time.

    Then, strange things started to happen … heard rumors in Nashville that you tried to quit on the team during halftime of that playoff game against the Chargers … was at the season opener that followed, heard Titans fans boo you for the first time, and actually SAW YOU quit on your team in response … watched the Titans go 10 and o and then to the playoffs with you on the bench … watched as you pouted during most of your team’s success …

    And then … you got a SECOND CHANCE … you turned a losing team around and went 8 and 3 in the 11 games you played (including a 2-minute 99-yard game-winning drive) … You were back!!

    Or not … heard rumors in Nashville that you still weren’t studying your playbook and spending much time in the film room … yet somehow you emerged half-way through the following season (2010) to have the No. 2 passer rating in the league … you were completing more long passes than ever … until … you suddenly injured your throwing hand and were benched mid-game when you couldn’t throw well on the sideline … Your response? … Tossed your shoulder pads into the crowd … headed to the locker room and cussed out your head coach in front of the team … Two days later, you admitted you would need season ending surgery on that hand and your season was over … Check that, your NFL career was essentially over.

    I hope you can some day own your history Vince, stop blaming Jeff Fisher for your laziness and bad attitude, and mentor young people by using your youth as a cautionary tale.

    -Titans Fan

  8. The guy was simply too dumb to be an NFL quarterback.
    Everyone can’t do it. He’s one that can’t.
    Way it is.

    Move on.

  9. Peyton Manning’s brain and work ethic implanted in this guy’s body would have yielded the greatest QB who ever lived. But it was not to be. Not even close.

  10. With a low-to-moderate paying ‘charity’ job, VY isn’t going to be able to make it rain anymore – he’ll be lucky to make it partly cloudy.

  11. Regardless of what happened to VY once he got into the NFL, his college career was meteoric. The game he played against USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl will go down in history as one of the top 5 quarterback performances of all time

  12. I’m happy for him, I guess, but I have to wonder how many people were passed over for this gig who were far more qualified.
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    I’d be willing to bet they made up the job position just for him as charity, so it’s not like anyone else was passed over. The only qualification was ‘did you ever win a college football national championship while playing QB for U of T?’

  13. tennesseetitan78 says:
    Aug 14, 2014 2:46 PM
    I wonder if he scored a 6 on the interview??? I guess the university of Texas felt bad for him… Because the NFL didn’t. He was one of those kids that had success at the college level but didn’t have success in the NFL. And yes I know he won some games but the kid was dumb as a rock. Could not read NFL defenses to save his own life. Plus coming out of college had this ego thing going on thinking he was gods gift or something.
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    And there was another QB out of LSU who was remarkably similar.

  14. Oh…was the Parking Diversity job already filled? The job will entail helping to raise money that will support efforts to address parking of first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds who never had assigned parking spots before.

  15. He’s already getting a reputation for being late to events, holding up outings, etc. This doesn’t work in professional circles and it leads to not being invited a second time.

    What a sad case of what could have been.

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