NEW YORK CITY, NY -- Vince Young still has a hole on his trophy shelf and in his heart because he did not win the 2005 Heisman Trophy as the best collegiate football player in the nation. The Tennessee Titans quarterback remains angry and insists – without disparaging the 2005 Heisman winner Reggie Bush – that he is the better football player. Young says this and more to Scott Pelley in a 60 MINUTES profile to be broadcast Sunday, Sept. 30 6-7 PM on KBTX.
“I was angry about that situation, not bringing [the Heisman] back,” says Young. “And I wanted to show the world that I was the real Heisman Trophy winner. But on paper, Reggie Bush is the Heisman Trophy winner. [I am] not taking nothing from him, he knows he's a phenomenal athlete,” he tells Pelley, who asks Young if he thinks he’s better than Bush. “I always feel like I'm better. Always.”
Young was just as angry his rookie season with the Titans when he was late and the team charter took off without its starting quarterback. “Oh man… I told coach [Jeff Fisher]. I told him I felt like it was like [Fisher was saying to him], ‘F him,’ you know?” remembers Young of the day he watched the team plane leave without him for a game with Philadelphia. “I was just so mad. I was to the point that I didn't want to play,” he says. The lesson he learned? “Be on time,” he tells Pelley.
One lesson the cocky quarterback, who was the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year for 2006, has yet to learn is to stop making predictions. Already, the 24-year-old has suggested he is NFL Hall of Fame material, but the stats back him up. Last year he set the rookie quarterback record for rushing with 552 yards. He was also the first rookie quarterback to play in a Pro Bowl. When down 21 points against the New York Giants with less than 10 minutes on the clock, he managed to pull off the biggest comeback by a rookie quarterback ever, winning 24-21.
He did as much with the Titans’ season last year, which was heading for a losing record until he took over at quarterback. After helping to turn the team around, the Titans almost made the playoffs, and this year he’s set his sights on getting there. “I want to say-- you know, I'm not trying to predict it right now, but how we’re looking right now, we have a big shot at [the playoffs],” says Young.