After a tough downward spiral, former Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young is finally getting his life back together.
In what might be some of the best news you read on the internet today, former Tennessee Titans quarterback and No. 3 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Vince Young, is straightening his life out.
Young has had two run-ins with the law the past three years for driving while intoxicated, with the most recent case coming in February of this year. It led to him being fired from his job at the University of Texas as a development officer.
But Young finally said enough is enough and decided to go to rehab.
In an interview on Houston’s Sports Radio 610’s In the Loop on Friday, Young admitted he went to rehab to try and solve his issues.
“A lot of people don’t know I went to rehab,” Young said. “A lot of people think I went to rehab for drinking. No, I went to rehab to hit the reset button. I’m sick and tired. I’m tired. Sometimes you get tired. If you don’t get better for yourself and you don’t take it one day at a time or you just don’t worry about — today [is June] 28th, just worry about today. Everything else you’ve got going on, behind you, in front of you, stop worrying about all that.”
The former Texas Longhorns star also said that he needed to look inside himself in order to get on the right track. Despite having the support of loved ones and others, Young knew only he could be the one to push the change needed to correct the course of his life.
“All the stuff that happened in the past, it took me a while because I had to go dissect that and clean it up myself,” he said.
As far as his February DWI charge goes, Young had it reduced to a misdemeanor and has since been four months sober and is now focused on “enjoying life, growing up and becoming a man.”
Young was a star at Texas, leading the Longhorns to a national championship over USC during the 2005 college football season. He finished as the runner-up in the 2005 Heisman Trophy voting as a junior, falling short to USC running back Reggie Bush.
Young then moved on to the NFL and played six seasons in the league, five of which came with the Titans. He played his last season with the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2011.
In 47 starts with the Titans from 2006 to 2010, Young was 30-17 as a starter. He completed 57.9 percent of his passes and threw for 8,098 yards and 42 touchdowns during his five-year tenure in Tennessee.
With how bad things looked for Young at one point, it wasn’t clear if he’d ever get his life back together. Thankfully, Young looks to be on the road to recovery and seems to be in the right place—and we couldn’t be happier for him.
It isn’t often you see a story like Young’s actually end up positive, and while he certainly isn’t finished yet, it’s clear his attitude is the right one in order to get it done. We wish him the very best of luck and success moving forward.