The 31-year-old hasn't taken a regular-season snap in three years, but he has made several comeback attempts over that span. On Saturday, he told KXAN's Brent Carney he is putting an end to that:
Vince Young: "I'm retired" from NFL. "Unless we get a great opportunity, something guaranteed...I've already started moving forward"— Brent Carney (@BrentCarney) June 14, 2014
Carney provided comments from Young, who spoke about his NFL career at his annual football camp in Round Rock on Saturday:
It’s definitely official I think in my book. Unless we get a great opportunity, something guaranteed…other than that I’ve started moving forward in some things.
I love the NFL, will love the game always but I’m kind of moving forward and moving on right now.
I had my ups and downs. I made the mistake of getting in to it with my coach and that kind of hurt me a whole lot. When you go to different teams, they already have a bad perception of you. When that’s out there, there’s nothing you can do.
After being drafted third overall by the Titans in 2006, Young was never able to truly live up to his hype, although he won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award and was named to two Pro Bowls. In six seasons (five with Tennessee and one with Philadelphia), he completed just 57.9 percent of his throws, finishing with more interceptions (51) than touchdowns (46).
Over the past three years, he signed contracts with the Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns but never remained on the roster into the regular season.
As such, this news isn't all that surprising.
Next up for Young seems to be a role with his alma mater, the University of Texas, per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport:
Role with UT is next RT @BrentCarney: Vince Young: “I’m retired” from NFL. “Unless we get a great opportunity, something guaranteed…”— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 14, 2014
Carney provided more details about that potential move:
VY said he's ironing out details about roll with UT. Hasn't filed NFL retirement papers but "it's definitely official I think in my book."— Brent Carney (@BrentCarney) June 14, 2014
Although Young's position with the Longhorns is still undefined, it's hard to say this isn't the right move for the Houston native and Austin legend.
During his four years (one redshirt season) on campus, Young threw for 6,040 yards and 44 touchdowns and ran for another 3,127 and 37, becoming one of the most electrifying playmakers in the country.
Although he set multiple school records, his iconic performance in the 2005 national championship is his major claim to fame. He lead the Longhorns to an instant-classic 41-38 victory over USC, throwing for 267 yards, running for another 200 and scoring three touchdowns on the ground.
No matter how he's involved, just having Young around to talk to potential players should provide a boost in recruiting for Charlie Strong and his new staff.
While this marks a disappointing end to his NFL career, it's also the start of what figures to be a new, positive chapter in his life that should be beneficial for everyone involved.