Why Steve McNair's Death Will Be Really Tough For Vince Young

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IJuly 6, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 12:  Steve McNair #9 of the Baltimore Ravens and Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans greet each other after the Ravens defeated the Titans on November 12, 2006 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The shocking death of former Titans and Ravens quarterback Steve McNair has hit the NFL hard, but the news has specifically hit current Titans backup quarterback Vince Young even harder.

While growing up as a kid, Young idolized McNair.

He watched as many games as he could as a kid, and like every other kid who watches football, he probably had a poster(s) of McNair in his bedroom, collected all of his football cards, and played Madden football games with McNair's character.

Young attended McNair's football camps and was also known to call him "Pops."

Young looked to McNair as a football mentor and went to him many times for advice and viewed him almost like a father figure.

The news of McNair's death has many unknown variables, but what is known is how close he was to Young.

With all of the drama Young has faced on and off the field since becoming a pro, now is the time for him to pay homage to his mentor and fully develop into the talented quarterback McNair was helping him become.

Condolences to the McNair family and Vince Young.