Vince Young reacts to the loss of 'Pops'

Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 1:45pm

Vince Young never got the chance to be Steve McNair’s teammate. The Tennessee Titans’ current backup quarterback was a close to the slain star as just about anyone who did, however.

Consequently, the news of McNair’s death in a fatal shooting Saturday had deeply personal ramifications for Young, who often referred to his mentor as ‘Pops.’

“I'm still in shock since hearing the news yesterday,” Young said in a statement released by the team Sunday. “I spent all afternoon and night thinking about my life on and off the field with Pops. Since I was a teenager, he was like a father to me. I hear his advice in my head with everything I do.

“Life will be very different without him.

The two met when Young attended one of McNair’s football camps. They fostered their relationship throughout Young’s college career, and McNair was on the sideline at the 2006 Rose Bowl when Young led the University of Texas to the BCS championship.

The Titans drafted Young third overall third overall on April 29, 2006. Fewer than two months later (June 6, 2006) McNair was traded to the Baltimore Ravens.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Mechelle, the kids and the entire McNair family during this horrible time,” Young said.

More reaction Sunday to McNair’s death:

“Steve and I had a mutually respected friendship. He was one of the great warriors to ever put on a football uniform at any position. His competitiveness and toughness were unparalleled. He was always a gentlemen, and very giving off the field. One of the great people in our league was taken from us way to soon. My thoughts and prayers go out to the McNair Family, and all who knew him.” – Warren Moon, former Houston Oilers quarterback.

“The thing I will always remember about him was whether it was a good or bad on the field, the whole team – both offense and defense – believed he would lead us to victory if we could just get the ball in his hands at the end of the game. His leadership skills spoke for themselves and you see everyone that has talked about him touched on that aspect of his game. He will be missed.” – Blaine Bishop, former Tennessee Titans’ safety.


12 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 7/6/09 at 2:02

Pops is a good name for him since he was bedding down someone young enough to be his daughter.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/6/09 at 5:36

16 years is not that big of a age differance. Howevre for someone that want to be cantankerous, anything goes.

By: house_of_pain on 7/6/09 at 6:39

idgaf is like school on Sunday: no class.

By: idgaf on 7/6/09 at 7:14

lol no class. Look who is talking about who. (the married guy with 4 kids)

He didn't even have the sense or the class to just give her the caddy , he had to put it in his name too. That was really dumb, it made his assets subject to lawsuit too.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/6/09 at 7:24

If id did not have No Class, then he would have no calss at all.

By: idgaf on 7/6/09 at 7:44

your spelling/typos are really bad this morning nemo. When it gets worst then mine you are in real trouble or under the influence.

Your daughter date a guy old enough to be her father? If it was him you would probably approve and ask for free tickets and whatever else you could get from him.

By: TITAN1 on 7/6/09 at 8:25

As public this relationship was, the trips, and the car being in both names, I can't believe his wife did not know about her. Their house in Green Hills is for sale. I don't think we have heard from his wife, but could they have been separated?

By: house_of_pain on 7/6/09 at 8:38

That's my guess, TITAN1. They made no attempt to hide the relationship.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/6/09 at 9:02

You are not anyone to talk about typos id. In contrast with you...I r a english major. (sic)

16 years is not that outrageous, unless you fathered a child when you were 15. Did you father a child at 15 id?

By: Captain Nemo on 7/6/09 at 9:04

Two people have been killed and all idgaf can talk about is their age. Really.

By: SirKnight on 7/6/09 at 1:30

idgaf, I'm with you in condemning McNair for having an affair, but the age difference is no big thing unless they are both very young...e.g, if Steve were 29 and she were 13.

But if they were older, say ages 46 and 30 ....or 59 and 43, would you make such a big stink then?

By: Anna3 on 7/9/09 at 5:07

Mc Nair was simply a great football player and generous philanthropist....he was not a great man. I base my remark on the fact that he caused so much emberrasment and pain to those that loved him th most...his wife and kids. IMO "Great" men do neither. Its too bad McNair degraded his legacy so much with a poor personal decision(s). God Bless his wife and kids.