*Vince Young’s time in the NFL has come to an end.
The quarterback, who hadn’t played in the league since 2011, announced his retirement Saturday at his annual football camp in Round Rock, Texas.
“I’m retired,” Young told KXAN in Austin, Texas. “Unless we get a great opportunity, something guaranteed … I’ve already started moving forward. … It’s definitely official, I think, in my book.”
Young’s retirement caps off a career filled with ups and downs in the NFL. ESPN.com notes that the athlete, who was the No. 3 overall pick in 2006 by the Tennessee Titans, was named Rookie of the Year and made the Pro Bowl in 2006 and 2009 during his time as a starter for the Titans. Young was released from the Titans in 2011 after a falling out with coach Jeff Fisher.
During Young’s time with the Titans and Philadelphia Eagles, he threw for 8,964 yards and 46 touchdowns in parts of six seasons. Young, who was cut by the Green Bay Packers in the preseason, did not play in the NFL this past season after the Green Bay Packers cut him.
Prior to signing with the Cleveland Browns on May 1, Young participated in the team’s three-day minicamp. He was ultimately released from the Browns four days after they drafted Johnny Manziel. The same day Young joined the Browns, the team signed veteran quarterback Tyler Thigpen.
Although he earned a guaranteed $25.7 million in his rookie deal with the Titans, Young experienced financial issues in recent years. In February, the player reached a settlement with creditors a month after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Despite the setback, Young worked to restart his career in the pros as he trained in San Diego and Austin.
Looking back, Young admitted to being thankful that he was able to live out his childhood dream of playing in the NFL.
“I had my ups and downs,” he shared with KXAN. “I made the mistake of getting in to 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.”
Now that he is retired, Young is moving forward as he goes to work for his alma mater, the University of Texas. As a starter for the Longhorns, he won one national championship and was 30-2. In 2005, he led the team to a 13-0 record and a Rose Bowl win over USC. That same season, Young was a consensus All-American that season, won the won the Davey O’Brien Award and was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy.
In an interview with the Houston Chronicle in April, he said he would accept a job as an ambassador for the university whenever he decided to retire.