Vince Young Hired by University of Texas: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2014

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Vince Young is a legend at the University of Texas for leading the Longhorns to a national title during the 2005 season, and now the 31-year-old is returning to the school to work for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

An official press release from the school includes more information on Young's official title and what his duties will entail: "Beginning on Sept. 1, Young will serve as development officer for program alumni relations. He will help raise money to support DDCE programs that address the educational challenges of first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds."

Texas also revealed Young's salary, via Chip Brown of

Michael Felder of Bleacher Report's college football team noted Young's role at Texas is something that will become part of a bigger project in the future:

Young's former head coach at Texas, Mack Brown, showed his excitement over Twitter after learning the signal-caller was coming back to Austin:

The former Heisman Trophy runner-up got his degree from Texas in May 2013 and spoke to Bruce Feldman of, saying it was his greatest moment at the school:

This will rank No. 1 because it is what I came to school for. I came here to get an education and to win a national championship. And now, I get to put that smile on my mom's face. ...

I'm about to be the first in my family to graduate. Just finishing what I started. That's why I'm trying to get back in the NFL. To finish what I started. That is the type of guy I am. I do work hard -- even when the times are good or bad. That's just how I was raised.

Young has had a whirlwind football career since leaving the University of Texas after the BCS championship game in 2006. He was the No. 3 overall pick by the Tennessee Titans in 2006 and started 28 games in his first two seasons but hasn't played in a game since 2011 with Philadelphia.

He was the 2006 Rookie of the Year, a two-time Pro Bowler (2006, 2009) and the Comeback Player of the Year in 2009. Through six years, he put up 8,964 yards, 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions, along with registering a 74.4 QB rating.

Vince Young, in 2006.
Vince Young, in 2006.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Early in 2014, David Barron of the Houston Chronicle reported that Young filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. He was trying to make an NFL comeback and received an opportunity with the Cleveland Browns in May before the team cut him around two weeks after signing him to a one-year deal.

In his new role at Texas, Young will have an opportunity to make an impact.

Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement Gregory J. Vincent added: "Vince’s passion for the educational success of young people and his experiences as a first-generation college graduate make him a perfect fit for this role."