Tennessee Titans Vince Young was the headlining speaker at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations that happened in Bastrop County, Texas on January 17-18. The event took place at the Bastrop Convention Center and was kicked off with a commemorative walk to honor civil rights leaders beginning at the courthouse and ended at the convention center. Students from all four county schools participated in the walk along with city council officials, which made it an extra special day for everyone. Young spoke on the 18th after the walk was complete and gave a very motivating and inspiring talk on how King changed the United States for the better, and his efforts will never be forgotten.
The Houston native was a star athlete during his high school years and he participated in several different sports including football, basketball, and baseball. He also received many honors for his talent including being named the 2001 Texas 5A Offensive Player of the Year and he won the Pete Dawkins Trophy during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. From 2002 to 2005, Young attended and played for the University of Texas where he was a team mate of many future to-be NFL players that were recruited that year including Selvin Young, Aaron Ross and Justin Blalock. He entered the 2006 NFL Draft and was selected as the third overall pick by the Tennessee TItans with whom he played for for four years. By the time of his official retirement from the NFL, Young also was a part of the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, and Cleveland Browns, but never had a chance to be a starter on those teams.
Young spoke at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations in Bastrop County, Texas, and had a successful day interacting with his fellow Texans and football fans.
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