Vince Young: I would have stayed at Texas if I knew Texans weren’t picking me

Vince YoungVince Young chose to forego his senior year at Texas after having one of the greatest seasons of any player in college football history. In 2005, Young threw for 3,036 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushed for 1,050 yards and 12 scores before setting his sights on the NFL.

Had Vince known where he would be drafted, he claims he would have stayed at Texas for his senior season.

During an interview with Alex Loeb on 104.9 FM in Austin on Wednesday, Young was asked how close he was to staying with the Longhorns in 2006.

“It was very close,” he said. “The Texans had the No. 1 pick, that was the place I wanted to play at. I wish they would’ve told me that they weren’t picking me because I would’ve stayed for my senior year. But it didn’t happen like that.”

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While he was crossing his fingers that the Texans would draft him, Young admitted he was excited to be drafted by the franchise he grew up rooting for.

“Being a kid watching the Oilers all my life, I had the opportunity to play for them, it was a dream come true as well,” he added.

The Texans took Mario Williams with the top overall pick in 2006. Young went on to have a strong rookie season and lead the Titans to a playoff berth before butting heads with Jeff Fisher. It’s easy to look back on his career and say he wishes he remained at Texas, but he would not feel that way if he had a successful career in Tennessee.

Vince Young lands job at Texas

Vince YoungVince Young may finally be giving up on his dream of playing in the NFL again, but that does not mean the 31-year-old is going to sit around at home all day and do nothing. And no, he won’t be going back to TGI Friday’s to drop thousands of dollars. Young has landed a job with his alma mater.

Texas announced on Thursday morning that Young will work in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE), where he will help raise money for first-generation college students and students from low-income situations.

“Vince Young brought a national championship to Texas, returned to the Forty Acres to earn his degree and will now help other students reach their goals and change the world,” the university said in a statement.

Young mentioned the potential of returning to work at Texas months ago, so the offer has been on the table for quite some time. He seemed to accept that his NFL career was over back in June after he worked out with the Browns for two weeks before being released. Young’s NFL career may not have gone as planned, but his 2005 season at Texas was one of the best ever for a collegiate player. Working at Texas should feel like a true homecoming.

Vince Young is pretty sure he’s retiring from the NFL

Vince YoungVince Young has essentially hit the end of the road in his NFL career, and he’s admitting he’s pretty much retired.

Young was speaking at his football camp Saturday and told KXAN that he thinks his retirement is “definitely official.”

“It’s definitely official I think in my book,” Young said Saturday via KXAN. “Unless we get a great opportunity, something guaranteed…other than that I’ve started moving forward in some things.”

Young talked about becoming an ambassador for the Texas Longhorns after his playing days were over, and he’s working on making that happen.

Young went to camp with the Browns prior to the draft, but he was released two weeks later. He was in camp with the Green Bay Packers prior to last season but was surprisingly cut before the season. The previous year, he was in camp with the Bills and later cut. His last NFL action came in 2011 as a backup to Michael Vick on the Eagles. He went 1-2 in three starts and threw for four touchdowns and nine interceptions.

He didn’t really choose NFL retirement; the NFL retired him by no teams showing legitimate interest in him. Sooner or later, it happens to everyone.

Though Young made two Pro Bowls and had some success in Tennessee, overall you have to consider his NFL career a disappointment. He was one heck of a college player, though, and that can never be disputed. He was a legend at Texas.

Vince Young will work out for the Browns

Vince YoungVince Young said last week that he has received some interest from NFL teams, and he was apparently telling the truth. On Monday, Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer confirmed an earlier rumor that Young and Tyler Thigpen will be given an opportunity to work out for the team.

“I think it’s a piece of the puzzle,” Farmer said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “I wouldn’t say it’s the top piece. They both are mobile. They both are very good athletes. They both have had relative success — I know Vince you would easily say probably more than Tyler. That’s a good piece. I think (offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan) would tell you that he likes a quarterback that is mobile. The offense definitely is going to require the quarterback to do different things, play outside the pocket to some degree.”

Both Young and Thigpen have been invited to participate in voluntary veterans minicamp, which will run from Tuesday to Thursday at the Browns’ facility. Young is now 30 and has not played in an NFL game since 2011, but Farmer said he has done enough to catch Cleveland’s eye.

“The interest in Vince is that he’s been productive,” he said. “He’s had success in the NFL. We wanted to take the opportunity to get a chance to see where he was. We had been kind of following him through the offseason and he had been doing some things that kind of caught our eye and made us kind of take note and wanted to see what that looked like in his own timeframe.”

When the Green Bay Packers released Graham Harrell last offseason, it looked like Young was destined to win a spot on the roster. Things never worked out, and he remained unemployed for the remainder of the season. The Browns will likely be looking to draft a quarterback next month, so they are in the market for a veteran backup. And hey, Vince could certainly use the money.

Vince Young has job waiting at Texas if football career doesn’t work out

Vince YoungThe longer Vince Young goes without a job in the NFL, the more likely it is that his professional football career is over. It looked like Young had earned the Green Bay Packers’ backup quarterback job last summer before the team unexpectedly released him. He later said during the season that he was stunned no team had shown interest. The 30-year-old may not be unemployed for long.

No, we don’t have inside information about NFL teams being interested in Young. On Wednesday, the former Texas star said his alma mater has a job waiting for him.

“If football doesn’t work out for me, the university has a great job for me,” Young said Wednesday at a luncheon featuring Charlie Strong.

Young, a two-time Rose Bowl MVP, said he would serve as an ambassador of sorts.

“Just letting you know what (UT) has going on, especially helping kids get scholarships and recognizing things like that,” he said, via Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle. “Whatever it is, I just want to support the university.”

As for his own career, young has been working out in San Diego and claims he has received some interest from NFL teams. He is not ready to tie a bow on his disappointing NFL career just yet.

“You never know,” he said. “All I can do is my part and stay ready. You never know when you are going to get a call. There is some interest.”

Young has not played in a regular season NFL game since 2011. He filed for bankruptcy earlier this year and was said to have blown through about $60 million in career earnings as of a couple of years ago. Accepting a job at Texas may be his best bet at this point.

Vince Young has filed for bankruptcy

Vince YoungIn a move that was probably long overdue, former NFL quarterback Vince Young has reportedly filed for bankruptcy. According to the Houston Chronicle, Young filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week in a Houston court. His estimated assets were listed between $500,001 and $1 million and his liabilities between $1,001,000 and $10 million.

Young’s financial struggles throughout his disappointing NFL career have been well-documented. He reportedly blew about $60 million in career earnings and ended up suing his financial adviser. The adviser, Ronnie Peoples, claimed Young took out an extremely high-interest loan during the NFL lockout because he needed finances. Young claims he was misled and did not know what he was signing.

Peoples said that Young took out the seven-figure loan in part because he had committed roughly $300,000 to throwing himself a 28th birthday party. At the time he turned 28, Young had gone several months without receiving a paycheck from the NFL.

As we mentioned before, we don’t doubt that Young didn’t fully understand the loan that he was signing for. He probably felt that he had unlimited funds and would never get into financial trouble, as evidenced by the thousands of dollars a week he supposedly spent at TGI Fridays and other places.

Young was released by the Green Bay Packers before the start of the season and said in October that he was shocked an NFL team hadn’t come calling. He was never able to fulfill the potential he displayed during his incredible career at Texas, yet he still spent money like he was Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. It’s a story we have heard all too often with professional athletes.

Vince Young is shocked he has not heard from an NFL team

Vince YoungImagine how Vince Young must have felt on Thursday morning when a report surfaced that the St. Louis Rams contacted 44-year-old Brett Favre after Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending injury. Young, a former Heisman Trophy winner, is just 30 years old. He seems to be in decent physical condition and was on an NFL roster less than two months ago. Yet, his phone is not ringing.

On Wednesday, Young told Sirius XM NFL Radio’s Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt that he is shocked no teams have expressed interest.

“Me and my wife and all my peers and fans, we’re all trying to figure this stuff out,” he said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I don’t have the slightest idea. It’s like a huge question mark over my head every day I wake up in the morning to take care of my responsibilities and know I should be playing.

“To not have one of those calls, man, it’s tough.”

When the Green Bay Packers released Graham Harrell over the summer, it appeared Young had earned the team’s backup quarterback spot behind Aaron Rodgers. Instead, he too was given a pink slip when the Packers had to trim their roster down to 53.

“All the work I put into that, that short time I was there, I was very shocked to get cut,” he said.

A number of teams across the league are in desperate need of quarterback help. When Matt Schaub went down with an injury in Week 6 and TJ Yates stepped in and began turning the ball over, Young was quick to jump on Twitter and campaign for a job. There’s obviously something about his game that NFL teams don’t like. Given some of the horrible quarterbacks that have jobs at the moment, you can understand why that’s a tough pill for Vince to swallow.