Vince Young to Wear No. 9 With Philadelphia Eagles as Tribute to Friend and Mentor Steve McNair

By Dan Parzych

During his career at Texas and the first five years of his career in the NFL as a member of the Tennessee Titans, quarterback Vince Young has worn the No. 10–but he knew that would have to change by when he agreed to join the Philadelphia Eagles since that’s the number wide receiver DeSean Jackson wears. Now that he’s getting a fresh start with a new team and new number, Young knew he could pay tribute to a special friend and mentor by wearing No. 9–former Titans quarterback Steve McNair.

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean discussed on Saturday how Young made the decision to wear No. 9 in honor of McNair–who was shot and killed by his mistress back in July 2009–after agreeing to a one-year deal with the Eagles following his release from the Titans last week. Young realizes his NFL career would not be the same without McNair and has even taken on more of a mentoring roll himself to his friend’s four sons since their father passed away two years ago.

From Wyatt’s article:

Former Titans quarterback Vince Young walked on the practice field with the Eagles for the first time on Saturday in a familiar number — 9. It’s a tribute to Steve McNair, Young’s mentor who starred for so many years with the Titans. They were friends until McNair’s death. In recent years, Young has returned the favor to the man he called “Pops,” serving as a mentor to McNair’s sons.

After being selected as the No. 3 pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Young replaced McNair–who was traded to the Baltimore Ravens shortly after the draft–as the starting quarterback for the Titans during his rookie season. Considering McNair was one of his icons as a kid, Young realized how fortunate he was to have such a great leader like McNair in his life and it’s good to see Young honor his former mentor and friend this season by wearing his beloved jersey number–No. 9.

Dan Parzych is the Lead NFL Content Editor for,  where he writes and edits NFL content for

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