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QB Vince Young says NFL retirement is 'definitely official'

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Vince Young says he's done as an NFL quarterback. (USATSI)
Vince Young says he's done as an NFL quarterback. (USATSI)

Ever since Vince Young blew up with his relationship with then-Titans coach Jeff Fisher in 2010, he's had a difficult time staying relevant in the NFL. The two-time Pro Bowler who led Tennessee to a 30-17 record as a starting quarterback spent an uninspiring 2011 season as Michael Vick's backup in Philadelphia, and after that, Young spent time in camp with Buffalo, Green Bay and, most recently, Cleveland.

All along, Young, when he was out of work, wondered why he wasn't getting the opportunities he thought he deserved.

Apparently, he's stopped hoping and told KXAN in Austin that he considers himself retired from the NFL.

“It's definitely official I think in my book,” Young said Saturday. “Unless we get a great opportunity, something guaranteed…other than that I've started moving forward in some things.

“I love the NFL, will love the game always but I'm kind of moving forward and moving on right now.”

Now, Young reportedly will go to work for his alma mater, the University of Texas, in some kind of ambassador-type role. He said Saturday he and the school are working through the details of his employment.

“If football doesn't work out for me, (the University of Texas) has a great job for me,” Young said in April. “Just letting you know what (UT) has going on, especially helping kids get scholarships and recognizing things like that. Whatever it is, I just want to support the university.”

But Young admitted the past five years have been difficult, particularly after he and Fisher fractured their relationship when Fisher benched Young and Young walked out on the team after a game in 2010.

“I had my ups and downs. I made the mistake of getting into it with my coach and that kind of hurt me a whole lot. When you go to different teams, they already have a bad perception of you. When that's out there, there's nothing you can do,” Young said.

Young said he hasn't officially filed retirement papers, but it sounds like he doesn't have any more plans to play.

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