Vince Young vs. Matt Leinart: The Not-so National Championship Rematch
The last time Vince Young and Matt Leinart faced each other was at the 2006 Rose Bowl for the national championship.
Young led his Texas Longhorns passed Leinart and the USC Trojans, 41-38, in a thrilling, back-and-forth game, capturing the national championship and snapping the Trojans' 34-game unbeaten streak.
Both young quarterbacks were touted as the cream of the crop for the position for the upcoming NFL draft.
As expected, both Young (third overall) and Leinart (10th overall), were the top-two QBs selected.
Both the Titans and Cardinals, who selected Young and Leinart, respectively, anticipated their two young stars would eventually be the franchise of their teams.
Who could have possibly seen the tumultuous three seasons that would follow for both.
Leinart, being coupled with injuries and the resurgence of Kurt Warner has been riding the pine for the Cardinals for the previous two seasons, after starting 11 games as a rookie in 2006.
Vince Young, in a similar situation, lost his starting job in 2008 to Kerry Collins after suffering a knee injury in Week One. Young, however, has reemerged as the Titans starting QB and has led Tennessee to four-game winning streak after starting the season 0-6 with Collins under center.
Sure, neither the Titans nor Cardinals are undefeated; the game isn't for the national championship, hell, it's not even on national TV; Jay Cutler, yes Jay Cutler has been the most successful QB from the 2006 crop, and Reggie Bush might be playing tomorrow night, but the other two stars of the 2006 Rose Bowl sure have enough to get excited about.
Leinart, who will be making his first start since 2007, will be looking to prove that he belongs and eventually take over the helm to be the franchise quarterback the Cardinals envisioned him as when they selected him 10th overall and gave him a $51 million contract.
Young, on the other hand, will try and continue the Titans' winning streak—and add to his self-proclaimed Hall of Fame credentials.
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