REGINA — Vince Young is a Saskatchewan Roughrider.
The Riders announced the signing of the former Texas Longhorns star today. Young, 33, is returning to professional football after having last played in a regular-season game in 2011 with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.
"He certainly can make all the throws, he’s got a tremendous arm," said Chris Jones, the Riders’ coach/GM. "But I think it’s much more than just his physical tools.
"He brings a lot of intangibles that winners bring."
Young joins a Saskatchewan that finished last in the West Division last year with a 5-13 record. The Riders have been looking for a starter since trading veteran Darian Durant’s rights to the Montreal Alouettes in January.
Young will battle veteran Kevin Glenn, 37, Canadian Brandon Bridge and Americans G.J. Kinne, Jake Waters and Bryan Bennett for the starting job.
"I know we’ve got a lot of good quarterbacks on the roster so I’m here to compete," Young said. "The main thing is I want to tell my teammates that it’s not all about Vince.
"I don’t want them to think I’m coming here big-headed … it’s all about the team, it’s all about the city and whatever we can do to win."
The six-foot-five, 232-pound Young compiled a 30-2 record as Texas’ starting quarterback, leading the school to the 2005 NCAA title.
He was taken in the first round, third overall, in the 2006 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans and that year was league’s offensive rookie of the year and named to the Pro Bowl.
Young spent five seasons with the Titans before being released July 28, 2011.
He signed with Philadelphia shortly afterwards and spent the 2011 campaign with the Eagles before being let go.
Young spent time with Buffalo, Green Bay and Cleveland before retiring June 14, 2014.