Vince Young hasn’t played a single snap of regular season football since 2011, but the former Texas Longhorns quarterback is hoping to attain one final opportunity at the sport he mastered at the college level.
Per Leigh Steinberg of Steinberg Sports, the 33-year-old gunslinger has come out of what became an early retirement following a brief up-and-done professional career.
#VinceYoung Welcome new client @VinceYoung10 who has dream of playing more football,being role model @Longhorn_FB @LonghornNetwork— Leigh Steinberg (@leighsteinberg) February 15, 2017
Within 24 hours of signing with Steinberg Sports, Young’s newly acquired agent engaged in discussions that may see the former national champion suit up once more, though it appears that opportunity may come North of the border with the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders.
#VinceYoung We have opened discussions with Saskatchewan Roughriders of @CFL for @VinceYoung10 @Longhorn_FB @LonghornNetwork— Leigh Steinberg (@leighsteinberg) February 16, 2017
After cementing himself as one of the greatest college football players in history during his three-year career at Texas, which ended in Jan. 2006 with the ‘Horns first national championship since 1970, Young became the No. 3 pick in the 2006 NFL Draft to the Tennessee Titans.
Following his Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign, Young’s career saw it’s share of struggles before ultimately being named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2009.
Just two short years later, though, Young’s professional career ended after passing for 8,098 yards, 42 touchdowns and 42 interceptions in five seasons. Young saw preseason stints with the Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills, but failed to make a final roster following his brief tenure in Philadelphia for the 2011-12 season.
What becomes of his latest desire to return to the gridiron remains to be seen, but Young’s hope is that his career can once again take off as he did from the pocket so many times in Austin and Nashville.