It’s been six years since Vince Young put on one of the greatest college football performances of all time as The University of Texas Longhorns defeated the University of Southern California Trojans in the 2006 Rose Bowl for the National Championship.
Young, playing against two Heisman Trophy winners, gained a total of 467 yards (267 through the air, 200 on the ground) to lead his Longhorns to their first national championship in over 30 years.
A few months later, Young was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the No. 3 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Since then, his NFL journey has been an interesting one, with some success and some disappointments.
His rookie season, Vince won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award and made the Pro Bowl. The following year, he led the Titans to the playoffs, and again earned a spot in the Pro-Bowl. His third year in Tennessee, he injured his knee early in the season, and was replaced by back-up, Kerry Collins. Despite starting the next year 0-6, Collins remained the started until then head-coach Jeff Fisher finally agree to replace him with Young. Young then went on to win 8 of his next 10 starts, again winning a spot in the Pro-Bowl, but was released by the Titans the following year as owner Bud Adams decided it was time to part ways with the young quarterback.
Though no one really knows how or why things went from good to bad in Tennessee, Vince’s final years in a Titans jersey were marred with controversy, possibly due to a rift with him and Fisher. Rumors of off-the-field issues and questions about Young’s mental stability surfaced, making the parting of ways quite ugly.
Last season, however, Vince was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles as a back-up to Michael Vick. Young replaced Vick when he went down with an injury, but his season wasn’t very successful. He was later released, leaving many to wonder if that would be the end of Young’s NFL career.
However, according to Bills journalist Chris Brown’s Twitter account, the Buffalo Bills have invited Young to try out for their squad. The Bills have three quarterbacks: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brad Smith, Tyler Thigpen. They recently agreed to terns with undrafted rookie free agent Aaron Corp as well.
Vince Young will be in Buffalo tomorrow to show the coaches that he still has what it takes to be a major contributor. If he can convince them that he is still a valuable asset and keep his head on straight, this could be a perfect situation for him.
One thing I learned from his time at Texas, I would never bet against Vince Young.