QB Vince Young scoring the winning TD
Have you ever compared a College Football player’s performance with that of an NFL player’s? This question actually sparks a universe of conversation amongst football fans all over the world. True Football fans can tell the difference, and this is a topic of some very heated discussions between fans, which is why I’ve taken the liberty to publicly display my personal opinion on this matter.
You see, in our great nation The United States of America, we’re all raised to be Football crazed since we’re toddlers. This frenzy has driven Football to be the #1 sport in the country along with Baseball (which in my opinion, is too slow a sport). From Pee Wee (Pop Warner) Football to the NFL, it’s part of our lives since we can remember. But when it comes down to pondering when our athletes perform their best, I’d have to say it’s during the college years. If you’re great in college and enrolled in a Division I College Program, you’re almost guaranteed draft to the NFL before you even graduate. It’s what we call a ‘stepping stone’ into the big leagues, where everyone makes the big bucks. Similarly, when in high school, getting a full scholarship to any major university or college in the country would be considered a stepping stone. Take a look at the Philadelphia Eagles back-up QB Vince Young, for instance. Vince Young studied at Madison High School in Houston, TX, which is a 5A Division Football Program, the highest level of high school performance in the state Texas. He received a full scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, during a time of great pride for their Football Program. Ranked in the BCS Top 25 all four years under his leadership and Mack Brown’s coaching, they went on to beat the University of Southern California for the National Championship in 2005, where Vince scored the winning Touchdown with few seconds remaining on the clock. If you ever watch the last two minutes of that game, you will see the ambition and determination of this young athlete to win the Title, while remaining in awe.
Since being drafted to the NFL, Young’s career has quieted down and his popularity diminished to mediocrity practically. His performance shows caution and lack of ambition, which he once showed in college. This is due to the fact that once in the NFL, players in general, wish to stay there and will do almost anything to keep it that way for as long as humanly possible. This is understandable, considering the fact they’re getting paid millions of dollars in contract to play Football. Young’s case is a perfect example; how does a National Champion lose the starting position at QB after every single fan in the league expected him to be great? You can answer by stating he’s a ‘Washed-Up QB’, which we all know is probably the greatest truth of all. In my opinion, Young figured now that he’s in the NFL making millions, why should he bust his rear trying to win the Super Bowl? My answer is, “Because it’s what separates good players from Legends!”
In the NCAA, players perform their best in order to get scouts and teams interested in them, so hopefully one day they’ll get drafted into the National Football League and help their families economically. Once the goal is achieved, there’s no need to work as hard. This is a bit sad, considering every child in our nation has a favorite NFL player. Yet, every once in a while you find a player with the ambition to go the distance and become a Legend, but this very rare. Truth of the matter is, most professional football athletes had their best performance during college because they wanted to make it in life, life in the NFL.
Now that you know what I think of about College & NFL players, I’ll go ahead and watch NFL Sunday with my buddies and drink beer, while handing out Koozies of my favorite team, the Houston Texans.