Were you as skeptical as I was when the absurd assertion was floated earlier this week that Vince Young contemplated retirement after his rookie season?
Apparently not, as all the media reports I observed at the time seemed to take a VY quote seriously that indicated he was ready to step away from the game after the 2006 season.
Today the NASHVILLE TENNESSEAN reports that Young now says he never considered quitting football (he saw his paycheck?).
A telling comment. Not about Young’s football career, but the state of the University of Texas’ Department of English.
Mike Florio of PRO FOOTBALL TALK writes,
Apparently stung by the intense criticism of his ill-advised monologue, Young now says that he didn’t mean what he said. “I was never going to quit football,” Young said on Thursday. “Football, that is my pride and joy, it is my dream. I am playing my dream. And I don’t plan on giving that up any time soon.
Intense criticism? Where? I didn’t see, hear or read anything remotely negative about Young’s retirement comment this week (though Florio points out Jim Rome did note that Young would be “quitting“, not “retiring” if he had gone through with his fake threat).
The backpedaling and revisionist history done by the media over Young’s reversal of field will be much more interesting today than anything Young has said in the past seven days.
Make that seven years.