Add former NFL linebacker Darryl Talley to the list of people who think Vince Young has some growing up to do.
Talley, who played 14 years in the NFL and was a two-time Pro Bowler with the Bills, went on Twitter Saturday night to say that he had just learned first-hand that Young lacks a healthy respect for the history of the game.
“Just ran into Vince Young. Had no idea who I am. Not ok,” Talley tweeted. “Hey young fellas. Know ur football history. It’s called respect. Also will make u a better ball player.”
Some of Talley’s Twitter followers then pushed back against Talley and said that Young was just a kid when Talley was playing and shouldn’t be expected to know who he is. Talley wasn’t buying it.
“Y’all aren’t getting my point,” Talley tweeted. “Be respectful of those who came before you & demanded changes so u could colect the check ur getting.”
At that point, Young himself tweeted to Talley, saying, “knew exactly who u were my grandmother love u.”
But Talley was apparently offended that Young would suggest he was the age of Young’s grandmother, replying, “@VinceYoung10 proving my point son.”
And, of course, as our friend Larry Brown pointed out, if Young did know who Talley was, and acted in a way that made Talley think Young didn’t know who he was, that’s even worse.
However, it’s hard not to get the feeling that Talley is overreacting in all this. Talley was a rookie in 1983; Young was born in 1983. There are no doubt plenty of former players who were rookies in 1960, the year Talley was born, whom Talley wouldn’t recognize. Maybe Young isn’t the only one who needs to grow up.