Aaron Ross on Vince Young: 'He's ready to get back on track'

Former college teammate Aaron Ross on Vince Young: 'He's a winner no matter what.' (USATSI)
The Bills released quarterback Vince Young last August, six years after he was the Titans' first-round pick (third overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft. He remained out of football for the 2012 season, but the former Texas star is looking for one more shot at redemption.

Often considered immature and entitled during his days in Tennessee, Young has changed says former college teammate Aaron Ross, now a cornerback with the Giants.

“I can tell he’s matured a lot,” Ross told The Jim Rome Show on Tuesday.  “And he’s ready to get back on track.”

Getting back on track entails a return to the NFL. Young held a pro day in late March and apparently didn't do anything to hurt his chances.

"All I know is we got some teams with interest," he said at the time, "so that's the good part about it. Just hoping for that blessing and opportunity."

Two months later and Young has yet to hear anything, although it's early. For now, all he can do is continue to work out in the hopes that he's ready should that opportunity come. But this is less about his physical abilities than the above-the-neck issues that got him in trouble early in his career.

“Most importantly, I think his mental [approach] is right,” Ross said. “It just seems like he’s a completely different guy, and I just hope the league gets to see it again.”

In March, Young went about making amends for past transgressions, going so far as to send an apology letter to former Titans coach Jeff Fisher.

“I definitely wanted to apologize for the things that I did,” Young said at the time. “Letting him know about the frustrations, all the different things that were going on in my life at the time and wanted him to know I really did appreciate him trying to make me become one of those type of leaders on the team and a successful quarterback. … At the time being immature and not paying attention and not listening and taking my frustrations out on a lot of people wasn't the right thing to do.”

Young graduated from Texas earlier this month but he focus remains on football.

"I'm about to be the first in my family to graduate," he told CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman. "Just finishing what I started. That's why I'm trying to get back in the NFL. To finish what I started. That is the type of guy I am. I do work hard -- even when the times are good or bad. That's just how I was raised."

Ross explained it this way: “He’s a winner no matter what, no matter what everyone says, he knows how to win.”

Winning fixes a lot. The only question is if Young will get another chance to prove it.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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