As first reported by ESPN and the Associated Press, former Tennessee Titans No. 3 overall pick, Vince Young, was arrested in Austin, Texas on Sunday night on a DWI charge, just two miles north of the University of Texas. As many may remember, Young attended the University of Texas from 2002-2006 and led the Longhorns to back-to-back Rose Bowl victories, including a win over No. 1 USC in the 2006 National Championship game.
The police report of the incident states that a police cruiser witnessed Young’s vehicle idling for 10 seconds at a green light and failing to signal for a lane change before drifting into another lane. After pulling over the vehicle, the officer formed the opinion that Young was intoxicated based on glassy eyes, slurred speech, a strong odor of alcohol and swaying while walking, according to the report. Young was then arrested on a misdemeanor charge of DWI and was booked into the Travis County Jail around 12:45 a.m. Monday morning. Young’s bail was set at $2,000
Following his retirement from the NFL in 2014, Young has begun work as a diversity and community engagement officer at the University of Texas, where he helps fundraise for his alma mater’s educational programs. Young has also worked as an analyst for “Texas Gameday” on the Longhorn Network since 2014. ESPN, who owns the Longhorn Network, has yet to comment on Young’s arrest.
The story of Vince Young is sad to say the least. The former Heisman-runner up was at his peak in 2006 when he defeated the mighty Trojans of USC in the Rose Bowl, finished second in Heisman voting, and was picked No. 3 overall by Tennessee. For a variety of reasons such as injury, play-calling, mental health issues, and not being able to adjust to the speed of NFL defenses, it never worked out for Young in the NFL, as he played just four seasons in Tennessee (two as starter), before signing as a free agent backup in Philadelphia (2011), Buffalo (2012), Green Bay (2013), and Cleveland (2014). Young retired from football following the 2014 season.
While in Tennesee, Young surprised many and finished with an 8-8 record in his first season as the Titans’ quarterback. Following the 2007 season, Young battled issues of depression and anxiety, including a short four-hour “disappearance” in 2008 which caused members of the Tennessee Titans coaching staff to notify police and conduct a search. Young also struggled on the field following his rookie season and lost the starting job to Kerry Collins in 2008. Young losing the starting role and the multiple off-the-field issues ultimately led to his release from the Titans in 2011.
Young’s arrest on Sunday night further proves just how much he has fallen off since leaving Texas. Sad day for Vince Young, but maybe an even sadder day for the University of Texas, who had to have one of its former football stars and now an employee of the school arrested in Austin for something as foolish as this.