“I feel like they’re writing my legacy,” Young said. “They’re writing my story. I’m a great guy, a great humble guy. I’ve done a whole lot in my career in just three years and for [the media] to do stuff like that to try to make me look bad for some reason — I don’t know why — but they’re just writing my legacy.”
The backstory: Young appeared reluctant to return to the field during a poor performance in Tennessee’s opener against the Jaguars and eventually sprained his left knee. A firestorm ensued Monday when he was missing for four hours after leaving LP Field. A police report indicated that Young mentioned suicide before leaving the team's facility.
Asked about concern over his mental welfare, Young said Wednesday, “I don’t want to talk about that,” then added, “That’s something else the media made people think like that. I know who I am, everyone knows who I am as a person. They know good and well, I ain’t trying to commit suicide or all that kind of crap. It was just a story everybody wanted to write. It was hot and everybody need to make their money, feed their viewers. I always get the bad end but I just brush that off and use that as motivation for myself.”
The Titans are now the NFL’s last unbeaten team at 5-0. Young, who’s been back practicing for two weeks, is now backing up veteran Kerry Collins. The Titans play at Kansas City this week.
Asked how difficult that transition’s been, Young said, “It’s different. It’s frustrating but you gotta fight the blows, gotta keep moving, gotta be supportive. Me and 5 (Collins) are real close so he’s doing his thing right now and I’m just being supportive until it’s time for me to get back out there.”
Young, the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year and a Pro Bowler in 2006, was asked about reports that he hadn’t sought out Collins’ counsel.
“That’s why I don’t like messing with the media,” Young bristled. “They’re always flipping and always trying to make me look bad. [Collins] and me, we talk all the time. All the time. For anything. Not just football but off the field things, business-wise, accounts. All kinds of stuff.”
Titans tight end Bo Scaife, Young’s teammate at Texas, said, “We all embrace Vince. That’s like my little brother. It’s been a tough situation for him but our job as teammates is to be there for him and be supportive of him but also do our job on the field regardless of who’s under center.
The nation grieved for those hurt, killed and affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. After one of the suspects was caught on Friday — following a day-long lockdown and manhunt — sports returned to Boston over the weekend.
When or if Young reclaims the starting job with Tennessee isn’t something he’s currently focused on. Besides, the Titans haven't needed him to rush his return to the field.
“I’m just sitting back letting my knee heal up, paying attention, being supportive of my teammates, clowning around a little bit. Just waiting on my time to get out there,” he said. “Whenever they make the decision to put me back out there [is fine]. Right now, I can’t be like, ‘OK, man, [I’m ready], why aren’t they doing this?’ I understand what’s going on. The fact that everything is going pretty good, we’re 5-0. All I can do is be supportive of my teammates.”
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