Vince Young is down to his last chance in football.
Young is apparently putting in the work with former Texas teammate Jeremy Hills in preparation for his training camp with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders coming up in a couple of weeks. Hills runs The Factory, a local athletic training facility, and Young is his most high-profile client.
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Ideally, his goal is to make it back to the NFL but Young has to be considered a longshot to make it back. Pro football isn’t like riding a bike and Young hasn’t played with live bullets flying since 2011. The Roughriders signed him to a one-year deal after trading starting QB Darian Durant in the offseason so they seem to have some faith that Young still has some gas left in the tank.
He has been employed at Texas’ Division of Diversity and Community Engagement since August of 2014 at a salary of $100,000 which is a fraction of the $25.7 million guaranteed deal he signed as the third pick of the 2006 NFL draft.
It’s been 12 years since he burst into the right corner of the end zone to shut down USC’s college football dynasty and bring Texas its fourth national championship. He will be 34 next month, not ancient for a QB because based on what we’re seeing from players like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, and Eli Manning who are still playing well in their mid-to-late 30s.
The difference with VY is those guys have been elite for a decade-plus in the league while he will be fighting the perception that he is finished as a NFL player since he’s been away for so long. Add some well documented personal issues over the years and it’s easy to see why Young returning to the NFL becomes a more remote possibility.
I wish him well. One good thing about this: Young’s season starts in June. That will liven up the summer a bit.