Vince Young was a beast at the University of Texas, and in his final college football game carried the horns past an absolutely frightening USC team that featured Heisman winners Reggie Bush and Matt Leinhart. There was debate that he may be picked number 1 in the 2006 draft but fell to 3 where the Titans were ecstatic to get their "quarterback of the future". Young did not disappoint his first season as he passed for over 2,000 yards and 12 touchdowns, while running for over 500 yards and 7 touchdowns. He easily won the Rookie of the Year and helped a losing Tennessee squad make it to within a game of the post-season. 2007, was a different story, he did show signs of growth throwing for over 2,500 yards and running for 400 yards and 3 TDs; but Vince had only 9 TD passes. The Titans did earn a playoff berth but lost to the San Diego Chargers in the Wildcard round. Although the Titans were winning, Young's ability to lead and be a successful, consistent NFL quarterback in the league was questioned.
The chatter seemed to be getting to Young, and in 2008 he was constantly booed by the fans, and his season ended after being injured against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After the loss, Young disappeared. He was thought to be depressed, and possibly suicidal. Things just kept getting worse for Vince. Kerry Collins played great and the Titans were undefeated for much of the season, heading for the post-season. Young was an after-thought to Kerry Collins and the Titans were on a roll.
Young's stats? His first 3 seasons - 32 INT's, below 60% completion percentage, and less than a 70 QB rating. Young raised eye-brows again with talks about wanting to play - whether in Tennessee or somewhere else. The talks only added to the anti-VY atmosphere. Vince Young was done, not inVINCEable anymore. He had been replaced by a veteran QB who was helping the team win games while not throwing interceptions and making all the right throws. It seemed like Vince Young just wasn't made to be a successful NFL QB.
Vince Young does have 18 wins in two seasons with a playoff berth in one, and 32 total touchdowns (in 3 seasons). More importantly Vince Young has the opportunity to get his disappointing career back on track. The Tennessee Titans were 0-6 going into this week. The once solid Kerry Collins - struggling; the team - looking for any kind of spark, and more importantly; a win. Young started Week 8 greeted by cheers and looked good. Most importantly, he won the game. VY looked good ending the Titans 8 game losing streak; he completed 15 of 18 passes for 125 yards and a 114.1 passer rating on the day. This has all the makings of a return to greatness for Young. After being called one of the greatest collegiate football players of all time, Vince Young started his career in the pros off with signs of great potential and led the team to the playoffs his second season; then the demise - questions of his ability and drive, a lack luster game and injury, the disappearance and depression, and disgruntled chit-chat. Young has a new outlook on things after the tragic death of his hero, Steve McNair, and has taken time to re-evaluate his game and adjust his attitude. If Vince Young can harness his abilities and potential, he will play well and the sky's the limit. I can see it now, InVinceable 2: The Vince Young Story. This is the stuff Legends are made out of.
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