Vince Young has had some serious ups and downs in the years after his football career. He remains one of the most celebrated players in Texas football history.
Young appeared at a football camp run by another former Longhorns star, running back Malcolm Brown in San Antonio. The two never overlapped in Austin, but Young has spent a lot of time around the program since winning the national title.
In speaking to the young players, Young had a pretty simple message: if someone says you can’t do something, laugh at them and prove them wrong.
WOAI/KABB’s Chase Shannon recorded Vince Young’s comments to the campers at Malcolm Brown’s event.
— Chase Shannon (@chase_shannon) June 22, 2019
From Young’s speech:
“All you kids out there, remember, if somebody tell you you can’t, you better laugh at ’em. I want y’all to do this when you see them. If somebody is like ‘you can’t do this, you can’t do that, you can’t make an ‘A’ on your test, you better do this here.
“Laugh at them haters, baby, and show them what you can do. You can be president, you can do whatever you want to do in life. Don’t let nobody in the world tell you you can’t do anything, because you can.
“Somebody told me I wasn’t going to be a black quarterback. Somebody told me I wasn’t going to own by own businesses. Somebody told me that I wasn’t going to graduate from college… I did all that. I did that, so you can do the same thing.”
After being fired from his alma mater after a second DUI incident in the last four years, Young says he’s turned things around. After having the most recent charges reduced, he announced that he has been sober for over four months.
Hopefully he keeps things up, and can continue to help inspire young players like this.