Is Titus Young's NFL Career Over?
Go home, Titus Young, you're...well, you're lots of things.
But seriously, go home.
Your NFL career is over.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Rams have cut the wide receiver "just nine days after being claimed on waivers by St. Louis from the Lions."
Per Rotoworld.com, head coach Jeff Fisher said the following during a Friday afternoon press conference:
We spent probably four or five days with him. We decided it was best for us to go another direction. Perhaps Titus is better suited for another organization.
Fisher also said, via NFL Network's Albert Breer, the team put Young through an "extended interview process."
Wait. Titus Young got fired on his day off ... again?— Michael Smith (@michaelsmith) February 15, 2013
Are we supposed to be stunned that Young didn't interview well?
What's unfortunate is that Young is inherently talented and is only—ready?—23 years old. Instead of progressing into the ideal complement to Calvin Johnson, he has become the poster boy for modern age, career devastation through social networking.
Never needed the money Give me a dollar and a ball bet I come back #HallofFame— Titus D Young Sr (@TitusDYoungSr) January 25, 2013
During the Senior Bowl, Young tweeted this gem to his followers (per ESPN): "Like I said I never been selfish but if I'm not going to get the football i don't want to play anymore."
From the same ESPN article:
Young has been sent home by the team on three different occasions -- once for punching teammate Louis Delmas during an offseason workout program, then twice for repeated insubordinate behavior. In November, Young allegedly lined up in the wrong position on purpose in a game against Green Bay, something he later denied. Coach Jim Schwartz deemed Young's behavior "unacceptable."
The guy clearly has some psychological problems, but maybe we should have seen them coming:
Pre-draft training, Titus Young was told that he ran a 4.6 40 in warmups. Threatened to beat up an intern, was thrown off the field.— SC_DougFarrar (@SC_DougFarrar) February 15, 2013
Even with that outburst, he was picked by Detroit in the second round of the 2011 draft.
Really though, this isn't about the Lions' undeniably poor decision to select him so high. Guys with more worrisome personality traits get picked near the top of the draft ever year. Young has great speed and, actually, he displayed plenty of potential in his rookie season with 48 receptions for 607 yards and six touchdowns.
But what Young possesses in athletic ability and sheer upside, he drastically lacks from a mental standpoint.
When the news of his release was confirmed this afternoon, a plethora of Young jokes infiltrated my Twitter timeline, but I think Brad Evans of Yahoo! Sports said it best:
Titus Young already an ex-Ram. He's destined to sell cell phones at a mall kiosk near you.— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) February 15, 2013
Something tells me, if he even wants to play the game of football anymore, he'll get picked up by a CFL club and in about three-to-five years, on the brink of (financial) desperation, Young will tell us he has matured and that he wants to make an NFL comeback.
For Young's sake, let's hope he does something to mature, because with his current attitude, he's going to have a hard time dealing with life in general when it doesn't go his way.
Someone with his talent has no business being out of football at 23 years old.
But Young's made himself so toxic so fast, I can't envision him having any NFL future.
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