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Vince Young’s Comeback Attempt Begins In Saskatchewan

Former Texas quarterback Vince Young is going to get one last shot at professional football.

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One of the greatest college quarterbacks of all-time, if not the greatest, isn’t done with football just yet. Six years after his last snap in the NFL, former Texas quarterback Vince Young is attempting a comeback, and it will begin in Saskatchewan.

That’s right, it has been half a dozen years since Young has played professional football, but the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders is taking a chance on him after trading their former starting quarterback to Montreal. A comeback after that length of absence seems unlikely, even impossible. If anyone can do it though, it’s Vince Young.

The 2005 Davey O’Brien Award was incredible during his time in Austin. In his three years on the 40 acres, he threw for 6,040 yards and 44 touchdowns and rushed for another 3,127 yards and 37 touchdowns on the ground.

His legacy was cemented in the 2006 National Title game. USC, led by coach Pete Carroll, quarterback Matt Leinart, and running back Reggie Bush were heavy favorites, and when USC took a 38-26 lead with just 6:42 left in the game, it looked like USC was well on their way to victory. However, as USC learned that day, don’t ever count out Vince Young. With just 19 seconds left, Young trotted into the end zone, and Texas won the 2005-06 National Title 41-38 and ended USC’s 34-game win streak.

It’s great to see Young get a second chance after injuries plagued his NFL career. Hopefully he can make the most of it.

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