The Vince Young saga has taken another turn, this time from mildly intriguing to sorta sad. Yesterday, we mentioned that the “Titans called the police after family members told the team that Young ‘abruptly’ left his home at around 7 p.m. without his cell phone, and that they were worried about his emotional well-being.” Young had suffered a knee injury during the Week 1 win over the Jaguars, but was expected to miss up to four weeks recovering.
Today, via the TENNESSEAN, Young’ s mother says that her son needs “love and support” and he has the house call from a shrink during the bizarre night in question to prove it.
Felicia Young said her son has grown weary of all the negativity he faces as an NFL star. On Monday, he indicated to those around him he didn’t want to play football any more.
“Vince has gone through a whole lot as a young person,’’ Felicia Young said. “And I think he has done pretty well up to this point. But it is hard, all he is going through right now. He’s hurting inside and out.
“But he will be fine if people are prayerful and help my baby boy out. He is a young man. He just needs a lot of love and support.’’ …
After Young balked at having [an] MRI [on his injured left knee] on Monday, [head coach Jeff] Fisher went out and talked to him at his Brentwood home, spending over an hour with him. The Titans also sent a psychologist … to meet with Young to try and encourage him.
The psychologist said Young was extremely depressed and expressed concerns to the team about Young’s safety. Later, Young left the house and sped off in his Mercedes Benz without his cell phone. He couldn’t be found for some time, which prompted a phone call to Fisher.
This offseason, Young admitted that he contemplated retirement because “When you retire, a lot of stuff goes away, people calling you and asking you for things.” He later denied that he ever wanted to quit, but given the latest news, it would hardly seem surprising.
Who knows what Young is really going through; he’s in his mid-20s, suddenly filthy rich, and has the weight of an entire organization — and town — on his shoulders. He’s apparently frustrated, depressed and overwhelmed; I’m just shocked we don’t hear about more professional athletes going through this.
While Young recovers from his knee injury, the Titans are in Kerry Collins‘ sometimes-capable hands. As for the psychological wounds, who knows when VY we’ll be ready to bounce back from those.