Former Tennessee Titan and Philadelphia Eagle, Vince Young hasn’t found his way back to the NFL however, Young has completed the remaining credits to receive his degree in Youth and Community studies this spring from the University of Texas.
“This will rank No. 1 because it is what I came to school for. I came here to get an education, and to win a national championship. And now, I get to put that smile on my mom’s face.”
“I’m about to be the first in my family to graduate. Just finishing what I started. That’s why I’m trying to get back in the NFL. To finish what I started. That is the type of guy I am. I do work hard — even when the times are good or bad. That’s just how I was raised.
“My mom used to be strung out on drugs. The one thing she used to always be able to do, was be in the house to go to work the next morning. I don’t know how she got up after she was doing the things she was doing, but she used to be right there making sure we were getting ready for school and she was going to work. I saw that.
“I tell her to this day, ‘Ma, you’re a strong woman.’ She was coming in after being out all night and then she’d pick up my grandma after she did a graveyard shift, where she’d go in at 11 p.m. and be done at 7 a.m. And when (my mom) got cleaned up, that was something I always saw in my mom and my grandmother was that strength to take care of the family and do whatever they had to do. Just finish what you started. That’s where I got my fire and my push and to be happy with what life gives you.”
Young was the 2006 AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year, He was drafted to the Tennessee Titans and then ended up in Philly with the Eagles where he proclaimed them a dynasty… and lastly with the Bills who released him 2012. The important thing is even if he resumes his NFL career, he has something that carry him through his post career years.
Also on hand at the graduation was former ESPN personality Samantha Ponder who was there to see her brother graduate.