That's why it's no surprise that Young's former adviser, Ronnie Peoples, allegedly arranged for a seven-figure loan during the 2011 lockout because the former quarterback wanted to throw himself a $300,000 birthday party, according to The Associated Press, via Yahoo! Sports.
Peoples said under oath last month that Young took out $1.9 million borrowed at 20 percent interest in May 2011 as a means to pay for the party. Young was ordered to pay $1.7 million to Pro Player Funding LLC in July, and he's currently challenging the judgment.
Even when Young is out of the spotlight, he's in the spotlight. It's yet another reminder of one of the reasons why the former No. 3 overall pick never lived up to his potential.
Perhaps what is so ironic about Young's demise is that he was just beginning to establish himself as a legitimate NFL quarterback before he made a decision that sent his career (and finances) spiraling downhill.
After a loss to the Washington Redskins on Nov. 21, 2010, Young threw his shoulder pads into the stands and got into an argument with then-Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher in the locker room. After he was consequently released by the team, he had stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills before fading into obscurity.
At some point you have to start taking responsibility, and Young never learned that, on and off the field. It's a shame because he had the talent to be a solid player in the NFL. He was showing that promise before his incident with the Titans in late 2010.
Hopefully, Young gets it together eventually. If nothing else, it serves as a reminder to young football players coming up that your mental well-being means just as much as your physical ability.
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