A decade ago, quarterback Vince Young had it all. Fresh from a Rose Bowl performance for the ages, Young rocketed to the No. 3 spot in the draft and landed with the Titans.
Young would become the 2006 NFL offense rookie of the year, and he’d land on the cover of the 2008 Madden game. That September, things started to unravel, with a bizarre incident on a Monday night that prompted concerns Young may harm himself.
He’d remain with the Titans two more seasons before being jettisoned in a purge that also sent coach Jeff Fisher packing. Young would land in Philly after the lockout, coining the unfortunate “Dream Team” after he signed to serve as the backup to Mike Vick.
Amid tales of legendary cash-burning (including a $5,000-per-week habit at the Cheesecake Factory), Young thereafter bounced around the league, from the Bills to the Packers to the Browns, never again appearing in a regular-season game and eventually stepping away (involuntarily) from the NFL. The fact that his phone didn’t ring as the Colts scraped guys like Josh Freeman from the bottom of the barrel shows that it’s as over for Young as it is for Tim Tebow.
Two years removed from his last stint with an NFL team, Young has been arrested for driving while intoxicated in Austin, according to FOX 7 in Austin. The arrest has been confirmed by the authorities, but no details are available just yet.
Here’s hoping Young gets it together now that football is clearly in his rear-view mirror, even though at age 32 he should still be playing.