SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA (CBS HOUSTON) – Former NFL Rookie of the Year and two-time Pro Bowler Vince Young is attempting a pro football comeback has he has signed on with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. The team made the signing official on Thursday.
“I wouldn’t call it a comeback. I would call it an opportunity,” Young told reporters at his press conference Thursday.
Young worked out for his new club in Austin last week after having conversations with members of their front office in January. He was placed on an exclusive negotiating list after that meeting.
The 33-year old former Texas Longhorn quarterback hasn’t played in the NFL since 2011 as a member of the the Philadelphia Eagles. Young officially retired from the NFL in 2014.
Young will compete for the job with several other quarterbacks on the Roughriders roster which includes Bryan Bennett, Brandon Bridge, Kevin Glenn, G.J. Kinne and Jake Waters.
“I’m here to compete,” Young told the media on Thursday. “I know we have some good quarterbacks on staff. It’s not all about Vince. It’s about the team.”
Young threw for 8,964 yard with 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions and ran for 1459 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns in his NFL career.