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On Vince Young and His Propensity for Winning Football Games

Nov 21, 2011, 1:04 AM EDT

Say what you want about his personal habits, his beliefs, and, you know, the way he generally lives his life. And say what you want about how he doesn't have the skills to make it in the NFL. And say anything and everything you want about whether this success and style of play is sustainable over the long haul. But when all that is over, remember the thirty one other reasons why none of that matters.

Know what’s even better than a professional quarterbacking record of 30-17? 31-17.

And that’s what Vince Young is. He’s 31-17 as a starter. He has 31 wins. He’s been a winner 31 times. If you were to compare his wins to his losses, his wins would outnumber his losses. His wins would almost double his “not-wins.”

Vince Young wins football games. Wins them in the pros, wins them in college, wins them whenever and wherever.

Remember Vince at Texas? Remember him carrying the ball in triumph as he ran into the corner of the end zone in the national title game?

And remember that goofy sidearm release that had to be coached out of him when he was drafted to Tennessee? It was a problem, right? Wrong.

Because you know what Vince did? He kept winning. Everyone said Vince couldn’t do it in the pros. But they were wrong.

At first, he’d make it happen with his feet. With his God-given athletic ability, he would will his team to victory in spite of a radically unsophisticated throwing motion.

Five years later, he possesses a still-radically unsophisticated throwing motion that resembles a repeated short-arming of every attempt and somehow necessitates the lobbing of screen passes with higher vertical arcs than most Andre Iguodala 30-footers.

But you know what it all results in? Wins.

Vince wins. He single-handedly wins ball games. He wins ball games on his own. Did the defense score that touchdown in the fourth quarter? No. But you know who did? Vince Young.

Vince Young is a winning role model. If you’re reading this, and you have children who value winning, buy them Vince Young jerseys. Show them Vince Young highlights. Anything with Vince Young in it, on it, or around it, they are to consume. Fully.

Honestly, how else could you possibly explain the success of a quarterback with a 69.0 passer rating other than to conclude that he is, indeed, a winner? Others have tried to pull similar strokes of genius by attempting only two passes in sixty minutes so as to mitigate their potential of losing, but not Vince.

Vince is ballsy.

Vince is going to chuck it up 20 to 30 times a game and turn it over on three separate occasions just so he can remind you that he can do all of this and still win.

Say what you want about his personal habits, his beliefs, and, you know, the way he generally lives his life. And say what you want about how he doesn’t have the skills to make it in the NFL. And say anything and everything you want about whether this success and style of play is sustainable over the long haul. But when you’re through with your woefully snide and pithy nay-saying, remember the thirty-one other reasons why all of your concerns have been rendered irrelevant.

Today is Monday, November 21st. This Thursday is Thanksgiving. This year, give thanks to Vince Young.

Discuss him endlessly. Debate his greatness if you will. Pick apart the flaws in his game if you dare.

Just be prepared to out yourself as a loser in the process.