One of the greatest to ever ever grace the college football landscape will now officially be recognized as such.
On Monday, Longhorn legend and nation championship-winning quarterback Vince Young was selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame as the headliner of the 2019 class.
Young headlines a class that also includes Texas A&M defensive lineman Jacob Green (1977-79), Oklahoma defensive back Rickey Dixon (1984-87), Michigan State running back Lorenzo White (1984-87), Florida State defensive back Terrell Buckley (1989-91), Arizona State quarterback Jake Plummer (1993-96), John Carroll linebacker London Fletcher (1995-97), NC State wide receiver Torry Holt (1995-98), USC defensive back Troy Polamalu (1999-2002), Wisconsin offensive lineman Joe Thomas (2003-06), and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden (2005-07).
“I’m truly blessed and grateful to be selected to this year’s class of the College Football Hall of Fame,” Young said in a statement, via Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman. “When I think about it, the honor is meaningful in so many ways and this award is full of reminders. It’s a reminder that I came from a broken home and an under-resourced community where the odds are against us all. It’s a reminder that I was given the chance to play for The University of Texas through the support of my family, hard work and dedication. It’s a reminder of the work my teammates and I put in, especially when no one was watching. It’s a reminder of all the adversity we have gone through and overcome. And last, but not least, it’s a reminder of all the awards, challenges and championships my brothers and mentors have won together.”
“None of us have accomplished anything alone, and I’m thankful for everyone in my life,” Young added. “This honor means the world to me and my family, and as I think about it, two powerful words say it all: life changing.”
Throughout his three-year tenure at Texas from 2003-05 before departing to become the No. 3 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, Young amassed 6,040 yards and 44 touchdowns through the air and another 3,127 yards and 37 scores as a dynamic dual-threat talent. Of those 9,100-plus yards and 77 scores, none were more notable than Young’s heroic, 467-yard, three-touchdown performance to topple top-ranked USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl and capture the program’s first national championship in 35 years.
It was Young’s curtain call to cap a collegiate resume that boasted a 30-2 record as a starter, and largely what’s helped solidify Young’s status as one of the greatest to ever grace the college football landscape.
Now the 23rd Longhorn to be selected, Young will officially be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Dec. 10.