vince young and mac brown

University of Texas coach Mac Brown and Vince Young

*In college at the University of Texas, Vince Young was THE MAN.

But at the pro level, well … we won’t as far as most and say he’s a bust, we’ll just say that he has yet to live up to lofty expectations. In fact, if he doesn’t find a team that wants him this year, his pro career is done.

In the meantime unbeknownst to most people, his haters in particular, Young was taking time to pursue the degree which he left behind when he bolted college to go pro in 2006.

Friday, one day before his 30th birthday, Young walked across the stage to get his degree in Youth and Community Studies from the University of Texas.

Vince Young had a great football career at Texas, including that incredible game against USC inthe Rose Bowl for the BCS championship, but he told CBSSports.com that graduating and getting his degree tops all of that.

“This will rank No. 1 because it is what I came to school for,” Young said. “I came here to get an education, and to win a national championship. And now, I get to put that smile on my mom’s face.”