Former NFL quarterback Vince Young said in a radio interview on Wednesday that he would have returned for his senior year at Texas if he had known the Houston Texans weren't going to select him with the No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft.
The Texans drafted three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams out of North Carolina State.
Young's remarks were transcribed by the sports website Deadspin:
"It was very close. The Texans had the No. 1 pick, that was the place I wanted to play at. I wish they would've told me that they weren't picking me because I would've stayed for my senior year. But it didn't happen like that."
Young, 33, played five seasons with the Tennessee Titans, who picked him at No. 3, and one with the Philadelphia Eagles before announcing his retirement this summer. Last August, Young signed with the Green Bay Packers to compete for the team's backup quarterback position, but was cut before the season.
Young was named the offensive rookie of the year by the AP in 2006 and earned two Pro Bowl appearances.
The dual-threat signal caller starred over three seasons at Texas, earning first-team All-American honors and leading the Longhorns to a national championship in 2005.
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