In his latest column, Cedric Golden weighs in on former Longhorn Vince Young’s DWI arrest over the weekend:
On Young’s NFL career:
“Young declared for the NFL draft 10 years ago this month, when he saw himself as the face of an NFL franchise for a decade plus, followed by the usual post-career accolades.
‘I don’t know when I’ll start again, but I will be the next black quarterback to win a Super Bowl,’ he told Esquire magazine in 2009. ‘And I will be in the Hall of Fame.’
Neither of those goals came to pass. Young went 31-19 as a starter and played in two Pro Bowls, but he would be the first to admit his pro career didn’t meet with his lofty expectations.”
On what’s next for Young:
“His professional life is also about to take a hit, I suspect. A Longhorn Network spokesperson told me the network is ‘actively looking into the situation,’ which sounds like corporate speak to say his days of being a game analyst on Texas football games with fellow Longhorn legends Ricky Williams and David Thomas are probably over.
Hope I’m wrong about that.
While I do see Young continuing his work with the university’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, he could be doing himself a real favor by publicly owning his misstep — if he believes he was guilty — like former Longhorn Lamarr Houston did when he was involved in a two-car accident after driving drunk in 2008.
This isn’t the end for Vince. Just the latest chapter in a story we thought would turn out much better than it did.”
Golden also touches on Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl and the Texas basketball teams in his full column on MyStatesman.com.
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