In an effort to get his pro football career back on track, Vince Young is returning to the place that helped jettison him to the NFL in rock star fashion. Young, a six-year veteran and two-time Pro Bowl selection will work out for scouts at his alma mater, the University of Texas, with a host of college football players during a pro day to be held on March 26.
As he prepares for the next step in his uncertain pro football future, Young reflected on his controversial past during an interview with the NFL Network on Wednesday.
In the interview, the quarterback who has thrown for nearly 9,000 yards in his career told the NFL Network that he recently sent a letter to Jeff Fisher, his former head coach with the Tennessee Titans, apologizing for his immature actions during their time together.
Young cited the death of his mentor, legendary Titans quarterback Steve McNair, as the reason his attitude and behavior became so destructive at that time.
“I definitely wanted to apologize for the things that I did, letting him know about the frustration, a lot of different things that was going on in my life at the time, and want him to know that I really did appreciate him trying to make me become one of those type of leaders on the team, a successful quarterback,” he said.
Young continued by stating that during his years with the Titans he was “immature and not paying attention and not listening, and taking my frustration out on a lot of people wasn’t the right thing to do.”
Young is apparently in need of Fisher’s forgiveness and blessing as he attempts to get his NFL career back on track.
“I’m hoping him the best in his career and I hope I get the same opportunity to finish my career [in the way] that I want to finish it in,” he said.
After a five-year career with the Titans in which he failed to live up to the expectations that come with being selected No. 3 overall in the 2006 draft, Young was cut by Tennessee in 2011. He spent the 2011 season as a backup with the Philadelphia Eagles. He played in 6 games, starting 3 of those contests because of injuries to Philadelphia’s starting quarterback Michael Vick. Young’s performance in Philadelphia was extremely disappointing as he threw more interceptions (9) than touchdowns (3) and accumulated a 1-2 record in his starts. In fact his time with the Eagles will most likely be remembered more for his now infamous “Dream Team” quote he issued during Eagles training camp that year than for his on the field accomplishments.
After being cut by the Eagles at the close of the 2012 season, Young again found himself on the free agent market. He signed with the Buffalo Bills and was a member of their 2012 training camp roster, but was released before the 2012 regular season kicked off.
Young stated on Wednesday that it was his personal issues, which include a financial dispute with his former financial adviser, which led to his release by Buffalo more than his play.
“I don’t really feel like it was my game. I just really feel like [it was] some of the off-the-field issues,” Young said. “I really feel like teams don’t want their quarterback to be in a position where they’re distracted. I was young at the time and I put my trust in a lot of people. I was getting taken advantage of. Basically I’m the victim of the situation. Just got to clean up that mess, just to let teams know I’m a little bit more mature than I used to be. I’ve grown a whole lot.”