Vince Young’s Drive

Posted: 30th November 2009 by DavidBurnett in NFL, Quarterback
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The Drive now belongs to the Tennessee Titans’ Vince Young.

With the clock running out on Sunday, Vince Young drove his Titans down the field 99 yards in 18 plays, overcoming three 4th downs, and won the game against the Arizona Cardinals. Final score, Tennessee 20, Arizona 17.

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The play that ended it was a touchdown pass in the end zone as time expired. It does not get any more dramatic than that.

The drive is a defining moment for Vince Young who less than a year ago was considered by some at best immature and quite possibly unstable. A run-first quarterback who glowed briefly but quickly flamed out. While yesterday’s remarkable game winning march down the field is a statement for Young it is also a parable about patience and redemption.

Tennessee which began the season 0 – 6, has now won five games in a row, and is not ruling out the playoffs anymore. And off the bench after reflecting on his mistakes and learning the finer points of team leadership, Vince Young has won all five of those games.

And now he is starting to look like the player he was in college, when he led Texas to a national championship with what may be the greatest performance in college football history.

Like that game nearly four years ago, or yesterday’s final drive, most of us watch football hoping that we will see a Vince Young dazzle us at his best.

There is nothing like seeing a player give his all and do it in an unforgettable way.

That is what Vince Young is capable of. But unrealized potential is why he has disappointed so many of us until now.

Perhaps the lesson we can learn from Vince Young’s saga, is that sometimes we must be willing to wait awhile for those who still need to mature and grow. Some of them deserve our patience and understanding, which if given can be generously rewarded.

I’m sure the Titans and their fans are glad now that they didn’t give up on Vince Young.

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  1. Alan Lee says:

    Hold on, slow your role D.Burnett. “The Drive” still belongs to Joe Montana in the Super Bowl against the Cincinnati Bengals. The famous in the huddle, “Hey, guys, isn’t that John Candy sitting up there?”

    No one was cooler than Joe.

    Now granted, Young,like the team’s owner, has been giving his detractors the finger – albeit on the field of play with his play. But the important thing in Young’s case as should be for the Sanchez’s of the world, sometimes in the fast-paced NFL, it’s a good thing to learn from the sidelines for awhile.

    It’s also been brought forth that Young took the death of Steve McNair hard, having been mentored by the former pro. Hopefully from such a tragedy Young emerged a smarter, wiser man about his place and role in the world.

  2. Alan Lee says:

    Hold on, slow your roll D.Burnett. “The Drive” still belongs to Joe Montana in the Super Bowl against the Cincinnati Bengals. The famous in the huddle, “Hey, guys, isn’t that John Candy sitting up there?”

    No one was cooler than Joe.

    Now granted, Young,like the team’s owner, has been giving his detractors the finger – albeit on the field of play with his play. But the important thing in Young’s case as should be for the Sanchez’s of the world, sometimes in the fast-paced NFL, it’s a good thing to learn from the sidelines for awhile.

    It’s also been brought forth that Young took the death of Steve McNair hard, having been mentored by the former pro. Hopefully from such a tragedy Young emerged a smarter, wiser man about his place and role in the world.

  3. DavidBurnett says:

    @Alan Lee
    Well said Mr. Lee. But that was one hell of a drive that Vince led.