Posted December 12th, 2005 by Brian
Filed under: Football

There are officially eleventy billion stories in the papers and on the Web about it now, but here are Vince Young’s comments from right after he learned he hadn’t won the Heisman Trophy…

“I’m just disappointed for my fans, especially for my teammates and my family for not representing them in the right way. I feel like I let my guys down, let my family down, let the whole cities of Austin and Houston down.”

Somehow the media tooks these simple comments from moments after he lost the award and ran with them. Every single story is based off these two sentences and every single story is bashing him for them. The comments most likely came in response to a question along the lines of “are you disappointed you didn’t win the Heisman?” (I say most likely because not a single one of the articles has printed anymore of the press conferences that excerpt.)

What was Young supposed to say? “I’m so glad I ended up losing this award, this was always my dream. First is the worst, second is the best, third is the one with the hairy chest!”

If anything they demonstrate what a fine and selfless young man Vince is, and how much he cares about his team and about playing football. Seems to me like those are qualities that should be praised from our student athletes (and the same ones Reggie Bush seemed to have during his acceptance speech), yet the media is taking this opportunity to try to tear him down because of them.

I guess I should get ready for another three weeks of this garbage, There doesn’t seem to be any animosity between Texas and USC and there probably won’t be much controversy between now and the Rose Bowl, so I expect the media will set out to create their own stories and spice things up a bit. I’m sure there will be a ton of quotes they can take out of context to fit into their own version of reality.

I’m not sure I can take it.


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  1. reply to  #1


    Just like the National Title, it looks like the Heisman is “going back to Austin, Texas baby!”

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