Fast forward to the 2012 NFL preseason, and Young is currently out of the NFL after being released by the Buffalo Bills on Monday. All indications point to him being out of the NFL for good. It's a sad ending for the former Heisman Trophy finalist and college football national champion who came into the NFL with so much potential.
Even though he went 30-17 as the starter in his five seasons with Tennessee, Young's off-the-field antics, such as the whole suicide ordeal, his falling out with then-head coach Jeff Fisher and his overall lack of leadership, cost him in Tennessee. He then got a second chance in Philadelphia but didn't fair too well, going 1-2 as the starter.
Buffalo may have been his last chance. He battled Tyler Thigpen for the backup quarterback position, and some (including myself) even speculated that he may end up taking Ryan Fitzpatrick's starting job. But Young was underwhelming in preseason, and the Bills ended up trading for Tarvaris Jackson, which lead to Young's release.
The question now is will he get another chance to play in the NFL? He certainly still has the talent. There's never been a question of whether he has talent or not. The main issue with him is mentally. Is he mentally fit enough to play well when called upon? Since his ouster in Tennessee, Young hasn't proven that he can.
It's sad to think that Young, who had so many great moments in Tennessee, could possibly be done with football, but at the end of the day, he has nobody to blame but himself. I've been a huge supporter of Young for years, but sooner or later, even the biggest of supporters need to realize that Young is not mature enough to lead a football team successfully.
Regardless of whether he gets another shot in the NFL, Young will more than likely go down in the history books as not only the biggest bust of the 2006 NFL Draft, but one of the biggest in NFL history.