Titus Young Must Get Professional Help to Salvage NFL Career

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMay 8, 2013

ALLEN PARK, MI - AUGUST 01: Titus Young #16 of the Detroit Lions watches the morning drills unable to practice due to muscle tightness at the Lions training facility on August 1, 2011 in Allen Park, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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At this point, it's safe to say Titus Young's NFL career is over.

It's bad enough that a franchise like the Detroit Lions—which seems to target troubled players of late—gave up on him, but two arrests in less than 24 hours last Sunday proves that Young is completely out of control and in need of some professional help.

Young's recent wild behavior was documented by The Oakland Press' Paula Pasche:

Young was stopped and arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. He was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center and later issued a citation and released from custody.

Hours later, at 2:22 p.m. that day, officers responded to a tow company yard where a man was seen jumping over the fence. 

It was Young looking for his black Mustang.

 He was arrested for burglary after the police determined he was trying to take his own vehicle. He was booked again at the same detention center.

These are not the actions of a man who has a good grasp on reality. As SI.com's Chris Burke puts it, he's not a criminal mastermind:

Being arrested under suspicion of DUI is something that happens to a lot of people. It's certainly not condoned nor excused, but it's something many normal people have experienced. 

Being arrested for trying to steal your own car out of an impound lot after said DUI arrest, however, is something you'd expect to see on a worst-of-the-worst episode of Cops.

In June of 2012, the Lions suspended Young for "unacceptable behavior" that included sucker-punching a teammate (safety Louis Delmas, a well-respected player on the team), purposefully lining up improperly and running incorrect routes. 

After being released, Young made headlines by saying he was "just as good as Megatron [Calvin Johnson]", as Peyton's Head pointed out on Twitter recently:

A delusional statement, indeed, but there's no doubt Young is a talented player.

In his last two years at Boise State, he caught 150 passes for 2,256 yards and 19 touchdowns. He caught 10 touchdown passes in his first 17 career NFL starts and has the talent to have long-term success in the NFL. 

Because of this talent, the St. Louis Rams brought Young on after he was let go by the Lions, only to release him days later.  

According to the AP, via ESPN.com, head coach Jeff Fisher said, "We saw Titus as an outstanding young player. We spent time with him, we spent probably four or five days with him. We decided it was best for us to go in a different direction." 

Fisher has been known to put up with some troubled players in the past. He has coached Adam "Pacman" Jones, Albert Haynesworth, Janoris Jenkins and other players with a history of personality/character issues.

The fact that Fisher gave up on Young after "four or five days" shows just how troubled this young man is. 

Young's high school coach E.C. Robinson is worried about his former player. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Robinson hasn't spoken to Young since March, and he recently said:

Based on the last time I did see him, I knew unless he got some help there was going to be some issues, and I told him that, too...He was talking some things that just didn’t make sense. I don’t know, I just wish he’d get some help. I know football is probably out of the question, right now it’s trying to get his life together.

Young should listen to his old head coach. 

He needs help, and fast.

Right now his life is spinning out of control, and without a heavy dose of therapy and assistance, Young will flush it away. 

Should he pull himself up by his bootstraps, get the help he needs and make a real attempt at a comeback in life and in the NFL, Young has a chance to make his way back into the league.

For now, however, there isn't a single team in the NFL that wants to deal with a player as out of control as Young. 


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