Now 30, Young may be running out of opportunities in the league. When he does, whenever that may be, he says Texas has a job for him as an ambassador.
“If football doesn’t work out for me, the university has a great job for me,” Young told the Houston Chronicle Wednesday while he was at a Texas Touchdown Club meeting in Houston.
“Just letting you know what [UT] has going on, especially helping kids get scholarships and recognizing things like that,” Young said. “Whatever it is, I just want to support the university.”
The position would include speaking engagements and could help Young get out of financial trouble. He filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January. He hasn't been on a regular-season roster since his time with the Eagles.
After leading Texas to the 2005 BCS Championship over USC, Young was the No. 3 pick in the 2006 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans. However, after he was the 2006 Rookie of the Year, his career never took off.
During the 2011 lockout, he took out a loan for $1.8 million that had reportedly grown to $2.5 million after interest when he filed for bankruptcy with estimated liabilites of up to $10 million. He settled the case in February.
While he's training in San Diego and hoping for a call from an NFL team, Young told the Chronicle that (again) the CFL wasn't an option. He's limiting himself to the 32 teams in the NFL. If nothing pans out this season, after three years out of the league, we recommend Young take Texas up on the offer, even it'd signify the official end of his career.
“You don’t want to finish your career like that,” Young said. “You want to finish your dreams you have for yourself. If it doesn’t work out you still had a great shot at it, still was a Pro Bowler, playoff guy and still got a winning percentage and things like that. If it doesn’t work out it’s in God’s hands. I just stay strong and continue to live my life and enjoy my life, especially taking care of my little ones.”
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