Vince Young says NFL retirement is ‘definitely official’

Vince Young was in shape at the ESPYs last month. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for ESPY)
Vince Young at the ESPYs. (Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for ESPY)

Vince Young acknowledged the obvious Saturday, saying in a radio interview that his NFL career is over.

“I’m retired,” Young told Brent Carney of KXAN in Austin, Texas. “Unless we get a great opportunity, something guaranteed … I’ve already started moving forward. … It’s definitely official, I think, in my book.”

Young said he will go to work for the University of Texas, where he was 30-2 as a starter and led the team to a national championship. Young’s NFL career had a promising start when he was the No. 3 overall pick by the Tennessee Titans, then cratered. He was cut during training camp by the Green Bay Packers last summer, did not play in the NFL last season. He joined the Cleveland Browns for a three-day minicamp in May, but was released shortly after the team signed Tyler Thigpen and drafted Johnny Manziel.

Eight years ago, Young was the NFL’s Rookie of the Year, but he clashed with Jeff Fisher, then the Titans’ coach, and was released in 2011. Young, who passed for 8,964 yards and 46 touchdowns with the Titans and Philadelphia Eagles, has struggled financially and settled with creditors in February after filing for Chapter 11 protection.

“I had my ups and downs,” Young said. “I made the mistake of getting in to it with my coach, and that kind of hurt me a whole lot. When you go to different teams, they already have a bad perception of you. When that’s out there, there’s nothing you can do.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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