Vince Young has had a roller coaster football career since he captivated the nation during the 2005-06 season. The Texas football great was eventually awarded the Heisman Trophy for that season after it was stripped from Reggie Bush. Young struggled to gain traction in the NFL after stints with the Titans and Eagles, but he's continued to train and chase after his lifelong dream.
On Thursday, the 34-year-old inked a deal with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League where he will he will compete for a chance to see the field again.
Congratulations to Vince Young as he heads to training camp in Saskatchewan to live out his dream! @sskroughriders @TexasFootball @UTAustin pic.twitter.com/Wxr16Uyw6p
— Leigh Steinberg (@leighsteinberg) May 25, 2017
I'm sure the jokes will be on full display, but this is one of the more admirable things I've seen in a while. Young was one of the most electrifying players to come through the college ranks and was viewed as a "can't miss" prospect coming into the NFL.
He fell off the radar for a bit after the Titans' experiment but re-emerged In 2012 when he tried to catch on with the Buffalo Bills. We saw him in the 2013 preseason with Green Bay, but as of late, it certainly seemed like the Vince Young saga had come to a screeching halt.
Every time Young's name fades, another story emerges about him attempting a comeback. We've seen the worst case scenario play out when big names like Ryan Leaf and Johnny Manziel become NFL busts, but Young hasn't taken that path. Yes, it's fair to note the former Texas star is currently on probation for a DWI, but he continues to try to do the right thing and play the game he loves.
Call me sappy all you want, but I'm pulling for this guy. I've never tuned into the CFL but if Young becomes the starter, you better believe I'll be watching.