It was quite a big weekend for former Texas Longhorns quarterback legend, Vince Young. After leaving school before what would have been his senior year in college in order to make the jump to the NFL, Young returned to Texas, and nearly seven years later (and the day before his 30th birthday) he has finally received his college degree.
Vince’s junior season marks one best by any quarterback in college football history. In the end, his performance in the BCS National Championship game vs. the USC Trojans is one of the greatest of all time. His 467 total yards in the game, including scoring the winning touchdown on fourth-and-five, led the Longhorns to their first national title in nearly thirty years. But no matter how amazing that moment had to have been for Young, he told CBSSports that graduating from college was even more special to him. After all, being the first from his family to earn a college degree is a promise he made to his mother years and years ago:
This (graduation) will rank number one because it is what I came to school for. I came here to get an education, and to win a national championship. And now, I get to put that smile on my mom’s face.
Since his historic performance in the Rose Bowl, Young’s career has had some ups and downs, though lately there are much more downs than ups. After winning the NFL Rookie of the Year in his first year and garnering two Pro Bowl honors in his first few seasons with the Tennessee Titans, things started doing downhill for Young. After leaving Tennessee, Young spent one season with the Philadelphia Eagles as a back-up to Michael Vick. Since then, he’s been battling for a roster spot for any NFL team that will take a chance on him and will continue to battle.
Regardless of how his NFL career finishes up, and if we are being honest it has likely come to an end, no one can deny that he is one of the best college quarterbacks to ever play the game. Now, despite any issues he may have had over the years, Vince’s desire and courage to go back to school and earn a college education is something that could have a positive impact on kids as well as other NFL players.