Vince Young is having a stellar career just a season and three games into his NFL life. He is currently everybody’s favorite young quarterback, a dual-threat who has managed to be good at running and not egregiously terrible at passing. The Titans are decent again and may even be headed to the playoffs. He is also typically regarded by the myriad pundits, wags, and talking heads as better than fellow 2006 draftees Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler. Basically, Vince Young is a few good games from becoming a real force of nature.
So, uh, Vince, why are you on 60 Minutes talking about how you lost the 2005 Heisman Trophy to Reggie Bush?
“I was angry about that situation, not bringing (the Heisman) back. 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 (sic) from him, he knows he’s a phenomenal athlete.”
Initially, I was going to make fun of Vince for being so lame as to be bitter about losing to Reggie Bush. Instead, I’m a little angry at Vince for two reasons: first, he should be thanking his lucky stars that he lost to Reggie Bush. Without that slight by the Heisman voters, who’s to say Vince would have been motivated enough in the National Championship game against USC? Or in the NFL? In the big picture, losing is the best thing that ever happened to him. Also, he may have lost the Heisman battle, but he won the freaking war. How does he not see that?
Second, I realize that athletes are hyper-competitive, but that vote was two years ago and it’s the Heisman Trophy. It’s maybe the most meaningless major award there is. Half the time, the winners aren’t even good professional players. It’s as much of a crap-shoot as the NFL draft. Anyone hear anything interesting from Ron Dayne or Jason White lately? It says enough about Reggie Bush that he even lasted his rookie year. The 2005 Heisman vote came down to three great players, one of whom was the previous year’s winner. Doesn’t Reggie Bush deserve a little credit for outshining Matt Leinart, who had already won the damn thing?
Here’s our best advice for Vince: instead of dwelling on a stupid award you didn’t get, go make the playoffs, win the MVP, and then the Super Bowl. We’re pretty sure that’ll trump losing the Heisman Trophy.