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Young Vince; The Tennessee Titan

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans warms up prior to taking on the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on November 23, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Edwin BearContributor INovember 24, 2009

 

All it took was getting injured, being replaced as the starter while watching his team succeed, and contemplating suicide for Vince Young to mature and realize his potential. 

The agonizing weeks that turned into months and ultimately a full year helped Vince Young make the transition from a great college quarterback to a quality NFL QB.  Learning defensive schemes and coverages on the sidelines from the ultimate veteran Kerry Collins and the tenured leader Jeff Fischer fought off Young’s insecurities and over confidence in his athletic ability.

Young’s realization that unique athleticism doesn’t automatically convert into a successful NFL career saved his NFL life.  It had to be painful watching his team play much better without him last year and even worse watching his team go win less while being told he isn’t even good enough to start on a terrible team.

At just 26 years old Vince Young has been through some of the highest of highs and lowest of lows a football career can possibly take.  Vince is still Young and his rebirth into the successful quarterbacking world proves he can overcome the most titanic obstacles. 

He boldly predicted and guaranteed being inducted into the Hall of Fame.  If he achieves leading the Titans to the playoffs after their 0-6 start, something that has never been done before, then his previous words and actions won’t seem so crazy.  In fact, he can literally be heralded as Vince Young; The Tennessee Titan.

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