This Vince Young story is very weird. Weird in a franchise quarterback wanting to quit football after his rookie year, shirtless man-party way.
I'm going to let the Tennessean describe this, because it is so weird:
For whatever reason, Young appeared unwilling to take the field midway through the fourth quarter on Sunday afternoon following his second interception and a resulting cascade of boos from the fans at LP Field.It's worth reading the article in its entirety. Young left after refusing to speak to reporters, and Titans coach Jeff Fisher and the rest of the team went into "damage control" mode and were guarded talking about it.
Eventually, he re-entered the game, only to suffer a knee injury four plays later.
The above picture is one that I took last year during the Texans-Titans game when Young was injured, and I discussed how strange his sideline demeanor looked, and how separate he was from the rest of the team. It was reported at the end of last year that Norm Chow said Young had a tendency to pout.
The traditional crack on University of Texas football coach Mack Brown is that he shelters his players so much that they don't know how to prepare as professionals once they hit the pros. (This I've heard many times. Disclosure: I'm a UT alum).
Last weekend, Young had his jersey retired at the UT home opener in Austin in front of nearly 100,000 cheering fans. And in front of all his family. Interceptions, incomplete passes and a cascade of boos in his Titans home opener must be hard to swallow after that.
Knee injuries to a third pick franchise quarterback who likes to run is bad. Pouting and poor body language on the sidelines is also on the bad list. Quitting on a team because you got booed would be inexcusable.
I wonder if we ever get the full story on this.
Previously at FanHouse:
Young Hurts Knee, Collins Hurts Arguments for Young's Struggles
Titans WRs As Awful As Expected
Fanhouse NFL Season Preview: Tennesee Titans--Can VY Step Up This Year
Norm Chow and Vince Young Aren't Big Buddies
Vince Young Has Hole in His Quad: What's Up With That?