Born in Houston, Texas, Vince Young grew up in the dangerous neighborhood of Hiram Clarke, which he later attributed his toughness to. His toughness and talent were evident in high school, where he was responsible for 12,987 yards of total offense in three years as a starter for Madison High School. Parade and Student Sports named him National Player of the Year after he totaled 3,819 yards and a staggering 59 touchdowns in his senior year alone. He was all-state in both football and track, and averaged more than 25 points per game in basketball over his career.
As the top ranked high school prospect, Young committed to the University of Texas, where he redshirted his freshman year before splitting time under center with Chance Mock in 2003. In 2004, Young took over as the Longhorn’s sole quarterback and led them to an 11-1 record and a Rose Bowl victory over the University of Michigan. Young was a dual-threat nightmare, passing for 1,849 yards and rushing for 1,189.
In 2005, Young took the Longhorns to even greater heights, passing for 3,036 yards, running for 1,050 and scoring 38 total touchdowns, earning him the Maxwell Award. That season he led Texas to an undefeated season and to the BCS National Championship against USC. In the National Championship, Young was responsible for 467 yards of total offense and three touchdowns, including an iconic nine-yard scramble on fourth down with 19 seconds left to win the game.
Young chose to forgo his senior season, and was drafted third overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2006 NFL Draft. He won the 2006 NFL Rookie of the Year award, and made two Pro Bowls while in Tennessee. Young went on to play for the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills before being signed as a free agent by the Green Bay Packers in 2013.