Vince Comes Back To Give Back

All right, so our man Vince Young hasn’t gotten the most positive press lately. 

As the whole nation seems to know, the hero of our 2005 National/World/Galactic Championship team got into a scuffle outside a Dallas strip club earlier this month.

Sure, Longhorn sympathy tilted toward Young when it was reported that the man he was accused of assaulting had insulted him and his alma mater by flashing an upside-down Hook ’em Horns sign. Still, the publicity wasn’t good.

We’re happy to report, though, that Young, ’06, Life Member, is up to some good tricks, too. 

On Saturday, he conducted his third annual football camp in Austin for about 300 area kids, coaching them on skills and encouraging them to keep a positive attitude. 

Kasey Studdard, BS ’08, a fellow former Longhorn who now plays for the Houston Texans, was also on hand. He had praise for Young, who had one tough upbringing. As the now-Tennessee Titans quarterback told Esquire not long ago, with his mom strung out on drugs, he was trying to take care of his family by age 10.

“This just shows you that [Young] wants to give back,” Studdard told the Daily Texan. “His whole life, he didn’t have this, so it’s good he sees he can make a difference in the community with his actions.”

Said Young: “It’s what it’s all about — kids first. [There are a] lot of talented kids out here, and they are the next generation, so you want to give them the basic skills.”

The day was no doubt thrilling for the elementary-to-middle-school participants, who came away with a camp T-shirt, a goodie bag, and a signed photo of Young.

But we think it was just as good for Young. It never hurts to remind a guy he’s still a hero to Longhorn Nation. And even more importantly, a role model to countless kids.

Photo by Phillip Tran/Daily Texan Staff


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