Vince Young’s video a good sign for Riders

Vince Young appears to be backing up his words with action.

In a couple of weeks, the Riders will gather in Florida for their annual mini-camp and Young will be there for his first official practice with his new team, something that is sure to draw plenty of attention not only in Canada but in the United States as well. When Young signed with the Riders in early March he was saying all of the right things. Young led us all to believe that he was attempting this comeback (even though he didn’t want us to call it that) for the love of the game, giving football one more shot in the process.

Young showed us just how seriously he’s taking this comeback in a video released on Thursday.

It’s clear that Young is putting himself through the wringer to make sure that, at the very least, he’s in the best physical shape he can be at mini-camp and then main camp in June.

It goes without saying that it’s extremely important for Young to be in tip-top shape as his competition is sure to be. The problem for Young remains learning the Canadian game. The likes of Kevin Glenn and Brandon Bridge don’t have to learn the Canadian game, they’ve been around it, they know it inside and out. It is a positive sign to see Young working out with a CFL football and getting used to it but that alone won’t prepare the former NFLer for the new game. He’s probably studying plenty of film as well, but nothing beats the real thing. It’s hard to say how much he’ll actually pick up at mini-camp as well.

The script in the video, which was probably written by the company that made the video, is encouraging as well. Young narrates the video himself and talks about earning it and leaving your legacy. He adds it’s not about wanting something to happen or wishing for something to happen but going out and making it happen.

None of this means that Young is going to dazzle or even do just enough to make the team as the starting quarterback or even one of the backups. No matter what happens, it’s clear that Young is taking this comeback seriously and giving it his best shot. For himself and the team, that’s all you can ask for.

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson is a Regina-based sports writer, broadcaster and football fanatic.
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24 Comments on Vince Young’s video a good sign for Riders

  1. It’s great that Young is taking his training seriously but the video isn’t showing much that hasn’t been seen before. I agree with you that this has little correlation to his performance come training camp. Does this mean Brandon Bridge or the other QB’s are going to now say, “Wow, I have to pick up my game”? Highly unlikely. I’ll take Durant with no video over Young – still a long shot IMO.

  2. Perogster // April 14, 2017 at 6:02 pm //

    By VY coming to Riderville and do what VY does it is huge for the team and the league.He is going to provide alot of media coverage for the riders and the cfl,also look at the media coverage the riders are going get in the United. States.A great way to showcase their new stadium. Look forward to the season

    • This is someone who couldn’t make NFL rosters within the last five years. How, actually, does this help the CFL? I would not be surprised if he doesn’t secure a roster spot.

  3. Vince young is going to be just fine. Welcome mr. Young to rider nation.

  4. Puck Hog // April 14, 2017 at 6:46 pm //

    It will be a pleasant surprise if Vinny can even come close to holding his own with the Riders. After all, just imagine any qb who hasn’t played the game for several years; they lose the feel. I give him credit, though, for trying to get into shape.

  5. Bridge knows the Canadian game ‘inside and out’? Taking a shot at a roster spot on a pro gridiron team seriously. Kinda obvious, isn’t it?

    • Since Gasson wrote, “nothing beats the real thing”, Bridge’s experience over Vince Young would be 53 attempts or about 2 games worth of passes.

      As to the video itself, the only reason this is even a story is that Young is an older former NFL’er coming to the CFL. EVERYBODY who wants to participate in professional sports has to train similarly year-round. That includes guys who never make it. There are athletes posting this kind of stuff all the time. The bigger story would be if Young was not seriously trying to get in shape.

      Must be slow news day.

  6. Billinburlington // April 14, 2017 at 8:05 pm //

    Cool video. While I doubt the transition to the CFL game will be easy, the video sends the message he is serious about the try-outs. His addition will sure add a lot of interest in the CFL from the US… which is a good thing. From my perspective in Hamilton, I had taken the VY hype as another circus… perhaps I’m wrong! I hope so- as his adition would add an interesting dynamic to this upcoming CFL season.

  7. ESPN have been already reporting that they will be Canada with (some) interest reporting on VY during training camp in Saskatchewan.
    Does give exposure to the league – whether good or bad , it is American reporting on 3 down football and we all know – at times US reports on Canadian Football isn’t always the best or positive .

    • mrnehnehincognito // April 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm //

      Good. The ESPN guys can tell report if Riders are cheating with their camp numbers

  8. Patience // April 15, 2017 at 9:26 am //

    I just don’t know. When the story is basically about a team being so desperate for a QB that they will try one that hasn’t taken a game snap in six years, can that be good publicity? For the league perhaps but not for the team, in my opinion.

  9. Scottsask // April 15, 2017 at 11:21 am //

    I hope he’s doing a hell of a lot of film work.

  10. Scottsask // April 15, 2017 at 11:32 am //

    Legends never die? That’s a bit much isn’t it?

  11. Its been a long time since hes played or started a game and even longer since he was that college football star but I have a feeling hes going to be good. He was tailor made for the CFL, an extremely mobile QB with a strong arm.

  12. Sure the CFL is an adjustement for a QB but the reality is all but 1 QB in the league learned the game in the US so while it may be difficult those guys all managed to do it. Brandon Bridge played US college ball, only the guy in Calgary played in Canada.

  13. All the rest started in the States but were not 33 when they came to the CFL and were not coming off a six year period without having taken a game snap. The rest were young and had the luxury of time; if they needed a year or two to become comfortable with the Canadian game, they could be a backup for that time and develop. Do you want Vince Young to start his first game at 35 or 36?

  14. The off season before Bo Levi Mitchell was the chosen starter, Dave Dickinson recommended that he sign up with Jeff Garcia. He did and the rest is history. If Sask coaches honestly think he has a shot in the CFL he’d be working out with a Garcia or possibly Jarius Jackson – QBs that know the CFL game as it is now.

  15. Jeffrey Young (myself) // April 16, 2017 at 10:34 pm //

    I know VY he is serious about his comeback this year… I also can say he will have the Riders fan excited with his style of play… Don’t forget VY coached in Texas in the box so he has a perspective of the game that will help him as well… I predict that he will take them all the way this year… Go Riders!!! #LegendsNeverDie

  16. Patience // April 17, 2017 at 2:01 pm //

    Yup. All the way. For sure. All the way to the basement.

    • mrnehnehincognito // April 18, 2017 at 9:57 am //

      All the way? ..The trip to the basement is a pretty short one for the riders as they are already there

      • Ladd Law // April 18, 2017 at 3:12 pm //

        If the Riders are in the basement, so are the Stumps. It’s April lou . . everyone is in first and last place. But continue on with your love affair with the Riders. I am sure you’re wearing green in your dreams and can’t wait to put on your new Rider #8 jersey with Young nicely centered above.

        • mrnehnehincognito // April 18, 2017 at 5:48 pm //

          If the Riders are in the basement, so are the Stumps. It’s April lou . . everyone is in first and last place.
          So you take this as some sort of a moral victory Ladd Law?
          Wow the desert is drier than I thought in the new mosaic

  17. mrnehnehincognito // April 17, 2017 at 4:12 pm //

    Please if anyone gets excited over video like this they probably got exciting when Tim Tebow hit 9 straight HR’s during batting practice. Young experiment is a train wreck waiting to happen

  18. mrnehnehincognito // April 17, 2017 at 7:38 pm //

    Is that a girdle he’s wearing? If so it didn’t help. Take the back of a spoon and smack it on the top surface of a new bowl of jello. That’s what his mid section looked like.

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