Quarterback Vince Young still has the competitive "fire" to play in the NFL.


BEREA, Ohio -- Quarterback Vince Young has not played in an NFL regular-season game since 2011, but the 30-year old signal-caller still has a desire to play professional football.

And that is why Young agreed to a tryout with the Cleveland Browns during their voluntary mini-camp this week in Berea.

"The fire is lit, always," Young said. "One thing a lot of people don't know is I love this game so much. I do a lot of different things. I have a Play 60 football team in Houston. I just love being around the game, teaching the next generation to attack. I have a quarterback that's six, seven years old, and he's already running a no-huddle offense.

"I don't really want to talk about the past. I'm just happy to have this opportunity to play for this historic team. It's a long history from the Browns, and I'm just happy to be here. I'm going to make the best of it and hopefully, I get the opportunity to make this team."

Following Tuesday's on-field work, Young said he plans to "continue to work hard, continue what I've been doing, just taking my time with it, one day at a time" during the rest of mini-camp.

"All I can do is work on the field, be a team player, be a good teammate in the locker room and just kind of lead by example," Young said. "I'm one of the older guys now, but if anybody needs to talk about anything, stuff that I've experienced or had in the past, with definitely where I'm at today, I'm truly happy, enjoying my family and kids, and just happy to have an opportunity.

"You can see the direction the team is going, and if I have the opportunity to make the team, I'm going to be happy to be here and do anything I can to help the team get to the winning side."

In his career, Young has completed 755 passes for 8,964 yards and 46 touchdowns against 51 interceptions, including the nine he threw with only four touchdowns in 2011 with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Since that time, Young tried to rekindle his NFL career with the Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills, and motivate young children in his hometown of Houston at the same time.

"It was a tough experience, but one of the things I do a lot is go in the community and talk to a lot of kids, different athletes that are going into the draft," Young said. "I just always tell them to continue to keep working. One thing a lot of people don't know is the truth. The only person that knows the truth is you and your family.

"As long as you believe in that and continue to live your dream and believe in that dream and always stay ready for those opportunities, when it does come, you want to be ready. Anything is possible when you have the belief in God and in yourself."

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