NFL Senior Columnist Thomas George wrote a column that grabbed national attention today and made a lot of Titan fans scratch their heads.
At age 24 — only one year into his NFL career – (Vince Young) said he considered retirement.
“I really thought long and hard about it,” Young said on Thursday after practice. “There was so much going on with my family. It was crazy being an NFL quarterback. It wasn’t fun anymore. All of the fun was out of it. All of the excitement was gone. All I was doing was worrying about things.
The story was a great read. It touched on a couple of topics that form the way Vince approaches life. The pressures placed upon a black quarterback, Young’s rough childhood in which he witnessed 10 shootings, his maturation process into a locker room leader.
But none of this was mentioned. The focus was only on his statement that he considered retirement. I think this has been blown WAY out of proportion. This was just a case of a young man being vulnerable with a reporter. Ask yourself a couple questions. How often do you think about quitting your job? Have you ever thought about changing careers? Young had a rough season, and simply questions whether it was worth it. Young is going to be with the Titans for a long time, and we’re lucky for it.
Don’t blow this story out of proportion. I think it’s a great way to see the humanity of the face of the team. I like Vince more after reading this story.