In a move that has been in the works for some time, former Texas Longhorns quarterback Vince Young is back at Texas in a new role.
Hired as the development officer for program alumni relations in the Department of Diversity and Community Engagement, Young will raise money for programs that address the educational challenges of first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds.
The leader of the 2005 national championship team recently retired from the NFL in June. He hadn't played in a game since 2011 and had failed to make several rosters, including the Cleveland Browns this year after a brief tryout.
Mostly known as a bust in the NFL, Young nevertheless ended his career with a remarkable 31-19 record as a starter. In his six seasons, he threw for nearly 9,000 yards and 46 touchdowns.
Beset by financial issues in recent years that included a recent bankruptcy settlement, Young will now have a stable source of income a little more than a year after graduating from Texas.
The job also seems like a tremendous fit because of his background and the appeal that he continues to have with Texas fans.
"Vince's passion for the educational success of young people and his experiences as a first-generation college graduate make him a perfect fit for this role," said Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement. "We are excited about the enthusiasm and skill set he is bringing to our team and look forward to working with Vince."
Young has previous experience with DDCE programs having worked with the Neighborhood Longhorns Program during his time at Texas. He'll start the job on September 1.
Welcome back, Vince.