Roughriders release Vince Young

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The comeback has hit a roadblock.

Former NFL quarterback Vince Young, the third overall pick in the 2006 draft and the offensive rookie of the year that same season, has been released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He suffered a hamstring injury during training camp, which kept him from participating in either of the team’s preseason games. With at least another four weeks of healing required, the Roughriders moved on.

In theory, Young could return to the Roughriders or another Canadian team when he heals. Chances are that the 34-year-old will hang up the cleats for good.

But at least he tried the CFL. Too many players wash out of the NFL and prefer to embrace the perception that they were given a raw deal in lieu of going to Canada and failing to compete at that level, too. Young should have gone to Canada sooner. Tim Tebow should have gone. And, frankly, if the NFL has indeed slammed the door on Colin Kaepernick, he should go, too.

24 responses to “Roughriders release Vince Young

  1. Plenty of “washed out” quarterbacks never bother, but I agree that they should. You always hear about a guy 4 or 5 years later wishing he could get back into the NFL (JaMarcus for example)

  2. Great league north of the border. Overall talent level in the CFL obviously isn’t as good as the NFL, but FAR better than it is ever given credit for.
    The CFL also doesn’t seem to struggle to define a catch, they just use common sense.

  3. VY’s problem was that he was mentally weak. His coaches in high school coddled him and so did Mack Brown at Texas.

    VY was drafted into a bad situation in Tennessee with a coach that didn’t want him and coached like it was 1973. If he’d had been drafted by a team that would have let him sit and learn, he’d have been a star.

  4. “VY was drafted into a bad situation in Tennessee with a coach that didn’t want him and coached like it was 1973. If he’d had been drafted by a team that would have let him sit and learn, he’d have been a star.”

    And he STILL took Fisher to his last playoff appearance, and last winning season.

  5. I was honestly pulling for him. I really believe he could still make a good backup, it would give him a year or so to catch up and get back in FOOTBALL shape.
    You guys can laugh at me if you want to, but I think he has proven he is serious. Too bad Father Time has other ideas for him.

  6. Say what you want about VY..myself included he didn’t come northfor a cheque cause they don’t exist here..he came cause he wants to play and I hope he catches on with someone when healthy

  7. The whole “washed up players should go to CFL” thing is old. The league only allows so many imported players. Besides that, there’s tons of talent there. No need to go after a bunch of has beens

  8. Unfortunately Vince Young suffered an hamstring tear in training camp that really made it impossible for him to compete for the job. The winner Kevin Glenn is older than Young at 38 and I think has played for every single team in the CFL in his career at one point and another. It is the third time that Glenn has signed with Saskatchewan in his career which must be a record for a starting Quarterback. I personally hoping that the young stud Brandon Bridges takes over sometime during the season to become the first starting Canadian Quarterback in the league since Russ Jackson in the 1960s.

  9. Will never forget his Rose Bowl performance. One of the best games I’ve ever seen in my life. Wish his career had a better ending. He deserved the Heisman that year over Reggie.

  10. P.S. I got my years wrong: VY’s playoff run was in 2007. Kerry Collins run was the following year.

  11. It’s ironic how parallel Vince Young and Robert Griffin III’s careers have been. Which begs the question, assuming RG3 is done… Who had the better NFL career?

  12. Further to the comments above about the quality of play in the CFL, Ottawa just cut Javier Arenas. Arenas was a second round NFL pick in 2010, played on a National Championship team at Alabama, and did a few seasons in Kansas City. Anyone who thinks that the CFL is a scrub league is in for a shock when they show up…

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