Vince Young signs with Saskatchewan of CFL

Rachel Hardy
March 11, 2017

Amid a flurry of NFL free agency moves on Thursday, 33-year-old former NFL quarterback Vince Young announced his triumphant return to football with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders. He went in the first round, third overall, of the 2006 NFL draft to the Tennessee Titans and was the league's top rookie and a Pro Bowl selection that season.

NFL Career: Young played 6 NFL seasons and during his rookie season with the Tennessee Titans, he was named Rookie of the Year, after four more seasons in Tennessee, the team released him after his play declined. The good times kept rolling for Young in his rookie season, when he accounted for more than 2,500 combined yards and almost 20 touchdowns and was named to the Pro Bowl and Rookie of the Year.

Young finished his shortened National Football League career with 8,964 yards and 46 touchdowns through the air and another 1,459 yards and 12 scores with his legs.

CFL Insider Gary Lawless said he's hearing the Riders could have a press conference with Vince Young as early as Thursday.

It appears Vince Young's comeback trail will begin north of the border.

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Young would try to catch on with a team in each of the next three years, but ultimately couldn't make it through the preseason without being cut by the Buffalo Bills (2012), Green Bay Packers (2013), and Cleveland Browns (2014). He was selected to the Pro Bowl again in 2009.

"It's certainly a different game", said Chris Jones, Saskatchewan's head coach/GM.

In 2006, Young was also named the Big 12 Athlete of the Year and in 2008 the University of Texas retired his number 10. "I would call it an opportunity", Young told the team's official Twitter account. He announced his retirement in 2014, but Saskatchewan has kept him on its negotiation list in case he chose to resume playing.

In 2007, Kerry Joseph won the CFL's Most Outstanding Player award and led the Roughriders to the Grey Cup title.

"We're human and we live life as well so I respect each and every last guy who plays this game".

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