There is almost nobody in the league without an opinion on Vince Young. His detractors will tell you that he isn’t an accurate enough passer, and that running quarterbacks have no business in the league – then they’ll start talking about his mindset. Lots of those are out in force now that the Buffalo Bills have signed him.
His supporters will tell you that Young ‘just wins games’ in reference to his ability to come up with a victory despite the team being outgunned and outclassed. More than a few of these are coming out of the woodwork now that he’s a Bill.
Number 10 is more polarising than Tim Tebow in a lot of ways, because there’s a lot of people that are still undecided on Tebow, but most people have their minds made up about Young.
He took the route to the NFL that everyone advises you don’t take – coming out of college too early because your stock is high after a bowl game. It was at the end of a stellar season as the signal caller of the University of Texas that Young took his team to the 2006 Rose Bowl. That year the Rose Bowl was the BCS National Championship (before they changed the system to make the title game a separate thing), and Texas was playing the defending champion University of Southern California (USC).
Those were the heady days of USC under Pete Carroll, where he had all-world talents like running back Reggie Bush and quarterback Matt Leinart, while Texas had Young and running back Jamaal Charles.
The hype leading into that game was unbelievable, and USC were the favourites by a longshot – they were the defending champions and they had Bush. Texas were considered an underdog, but would take the fight to USC, and the game was one of the most talked about matchups in NCAA history.