Texas Sports Hall of Fame inducts Vince Young

Sabrina Tran

On Saturday night, former Texas quarterback Vince Young was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco. Young was a star member of the football team at Madison High School in Houston. He solidified his starpower on former head coach Mack Brown’s Longhorn team from 2003 to 2005, leading Texas to a national title in his last season.

Young is currently a free agent quarterback after playing in the NFL for six seasons with the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles.

Young is fondly remembered by Longhorn fans for his outstanding performance throughout his college career. In Young’s redshirt freshman season, he gave us glimpses of what he would be capable of as an upperclassmen. Young went on to lead Texas to an 11–1 record in the Longhorns’ 2004 season, with a Rose Bowl win over the Michigan Wolverines. Young went down in college football history with his national-title winning touchdown run to defeat USC in the 2005 Rose Bowl.

Young recognized the honor with a heartfelt speech in front of sports legends such as former Texas A&M quarterback and Super Bowl-winning head coach Gary Kubiak. The Inductee Banquet also welcomed several other UT alumni, including Jill Sterkel, a gold medalist swimmer at the 1976 Olympics, Nell Fortner, the gold medalist women’s basketball coach at the 2000 Olympics and Cathy Self Morgan, Westlake’s former state title winner women’s basketball coach. That’s a lot of burnt orange for a nine-member class.