Vince Young’s comeback is taking a step forward.
TMZ Sports reported Wednesday that Young is finalizing a contract with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, with a signature being the only thing missing.
The 33-year-old quarterback hasn’t played in the NFL since 2011, but may be hoping a successful CFL stint could put him back on the NFL’s radar.
Young made clear that he was trying to make a return to football, but the NFL understandably did not come calling this time around. In fact, his comeback attempt was derided by many, and it wasn’t just fans, either. It will be interesting to see how he gets on in the CFL. If he does well, maybe we’ll see him in the NFL again. Stranger things have happened.
Vince Young became the latest to be the subject of a joke by video game manufacturer EA Sports.
On Wednesday, we found out former No. 3 overall pick Vince Young has signed with agent Leigh Steinberg and will attempt to rekindle is career. The following day, Steinberg tweeted there has been interest in his client from a team in the Canadian Football League.
— Leigh Steinberg (@leighsteinberg) February 16, 2017
Interest is one thing, but seeing Young on a football field is obviously something completely different. EA Sports joked if Young wants to play football again they would send him a copy of the popular game “Madden NFL 17.”
— EA SPORTS Madden NFL (@EAMaddenNFL) February 16, 2017
Young last threw an NFL pass in 2011 as a member of the Eagles and is now 33 years old. With those two things working against him, Young will likely not have many suitors. However, that won’t (and shouldn’t) deter Young from seeing if anyone will give him a chance.
Young spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Titans. While with them, he was named to two Pro Bowl teams, won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, and was also named NFL Comeback Player of the Year. Prior to turning pro, Young put together one of the greatest individual seasons in college football history on the way to leading the Texas Longhorns to the national championship.
Vince Young is back in the news this week, and it’s not all for good things.
The former Texas Longhorns star signed with an agent this week in hopes of continuing his professional football career. But the same day that his agent announced they are talking with a CFL team, TMZ Sports dropped a video of VY’s 2016 DWI arrest.
In the video, Young appears to be polite and cooperative at first, but then he begins to resist the officer’s attempts to test whether he was drunk.
At one point, Young said he didn’t want to “play them games.”
The former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year was sentenced to 18 months probation despite having a BAC three times the legal limit.
Vince Young signed with an agent this week and wants to continue his professional football career, but it seems unlikely that an NFL team would sign him. And even if one did, Young could be facing disciplinary action from the league.
Young was arrested a little over a year ago for driving while intoxicated. He pleaded no contest to the charges last month and was sentenced to 18 months probation. As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk notes, a DWI arrest typically triggers an automatic two-game suspension under the NFL’s new personal conduct policy.
Young’s blood alcohol level was 0.246 at the time of his arrest, which is more than three times the legal limit. He has been ordered to complete 60 hours of community service, attend a drunk driving course and install a breathalyzer in his car that will not allow him to start his vehicle if he has been drinking.
The NFL could give Young a break since he was out of the league at the time of his arrest, but it won’t matter in all likelihood. The former Texas star was unable to make a regular season roster in each of his final three seasons in the league, so there’s no reason to think he’ll find work now at age 33.
Young filed for bankruptcy in 2014, which was not a surprise when you hear some of the stories about his insane spending habits. He currently has a position working for the University of Texas football program.
Vince Young has signed with an agent as he still has an interest in continuing his playing career.
Superagent Leigh Steinberg tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that he has signed VY as a new client:
— Leigh Steinberg (@leighsteinberg) February 15, 2017
— Leigh Steinberg (@leighsteinberg) February 15, 2017
It’s unclear in what league(s) Young could play, but an NFL comeback seems highly unlikely.
Young is 33 and has not thrown a pass in the NFL since 2011. He was signed by teams for training camp in 2012, 2013 and 2014 but was quickly released and has not had NFL interest since. He did work out at the veteran NFL Combine two years ago, but nothing materialized from that.
Young was a star in college at Texas as he led the Longhorns to a national championship and finished second in Heisman Trophy voting in his junior season. He won AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award with the Titans in 2006 and made two Pro Bowls before his NFL career quickly went south.
He now works as an ambassador for Texas athletics and has a steakhouse named after him in Austin. Young had serious financial problems that led him to filing for bankruptcy in 2014. Back in 2012, a story came out that explained his absurd spending habits that in part led to the money problems.
Vince Young is being sued by a woman who alleges he assaulted her during a March Madness road trip in 2014.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, a woman named Tiffany Cayo claims she was riding in the same vehicle with Young on the way back from an NCAA Tournament game two years ago when Young reached over and pulled her hair. Cayo says Young was “extremely intoxicated” when he allegedly attacked her.
Cayo did not go into detail about specific injuries, but she claims she has racked up medical expenses and lost wages since the incident. She is seeking $250,000 from Young.
Young has had plenty of problems in his personal life since he was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2006. Earlier this year, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Young also filed for bankruptcy in 2014 after blowing through the stack of money he made during his NFL career.
Former NFL quarterback Vince Young was reportedly arrested early Monday morning for driving while under the influence.
FOX 7 in Austin reports that Young was taken into custody:
DEVELOPING: Officials confirm former UT quarterback Vince Young was arrested early this morning for DWI. MTF
— FOX 7 Austin (@fox7austin) January 25, 2016
According to a police report obtained by The Statesman, an officer smelled alcohol and noticed that Young’s speech was slurred.
The arresting officer wrote in an arrest affidavit that Young smelled strongly of alcohol. He also wrote that Young’s balance was swaying and unsure and that he showed the same symptoms of intoxication while walking. Young was not cooperative with the officer but remained polite, the affidavit said.
Young’s speech was slurred and thick-tongued and he mumbled, the affidavit said.
Former Longhorn Vince Young arrested for DWI, cited on I-35 North photo
Vince Young’s mug shot from his Sunday night arrest.
The officer said Young’s clothing were mussed and his eyes were glassy. Young laughed at one point, which the officer found odd, the affidavit said.
Young was pulled over after he took 10 seconds to proceed through a green light and an officer noticed his vehicle was swerving. He was released on $2,000 bail.
Despite his NFL career being a major disappointment, Young was seemingly doing quite well. He was offered a job at Texas University a while back and later said he was planning to work out at the NFL Veteran Combine, though nothing ever came of that. Young ended up accepting the position as “community engagement officer” at Texas and was reportedly making a salary of $100,000.
Young acknowledged that his NFL career was over more than a year ago when he made these comments, but he later expressed a desire to give it another shot. If the reports about him being arrested for DWI are true, that should officially put an end to the 32-year-old’s playing career.