The "Invincible" Vince Young

Tells Pelley Titans Have A "Big Shot" At The Playoffs

His fans call him invincible and Vince Young, who doesn't pretend to be modest, would probably agree. He's arguably the most fascinating quarterback in the NFL because he doesn't play the game the way the experts say he should. He runs too often, throws the ball all wrong, and yet, last season he was the record-breaking offensive rookie of the year and he's already talking about the Hall of Fame.

60 Minutes thought that was a lot of confidence, even arrogance, from a 24-year-old, who not long ago was just a kid running with a gang, with a father in prison and a mother on drugs.

But Young lives to prove his critics wrong. And he did it, spectacularly, at the 2006 Rose Bowl when Texas was seconds away from a devastating loss to USC.

Correspondent Scott Pelley asked Young to take us back to that moment when he was surrounded by more than 90,000 screaming fans.



Young had been in perpetual motion and virtually unstoppable throughout the game. His stats were stunning, rushing for 200 yards and passing for 267 more. But he was losing, down by five on his last possession.

"You're telling me you didn't walk out on the field and say to yourself, 'Damn, we're gonna lose this ball game'?" Pelley asks.

"I mean, I ain't even gonna lie to you, you or millions of people across the world, I was so nervous, man!" Young remembers.

Fourth down, 26 seconds to play, it was Young's last stand. "I thought I was gonna drop that ball that snap, I was so nervous. But at the same time, ya know, I didn't show that to my teammates," he recalls.

"You picked up the snap and USC's got perfect coverage, every one of your receivers blocked off," Pelley remarks.

"Perfect coverage," Young agrees.

Except one.

"Except one insane guy," he recalls, laughing. "And I just used my God-given talent in my legs and got into that end zone."

Young went for the corner and scored.

It meant the national championship for Texas, its first in 35 years. And it was sweet revenge for Young, because just the month before, sportswriters had passed him over to give the Heisman to USC's Reggie Bush.

"I was angry about that situation, not bringing it back. And I wanted to show the world that I was the real Heisman Trophy winner. But on paper, Reggie Bush is the Heisman Trophy winner. Not taking nothing from him, he know he's a phenomenal athlete," Young tells Pelley.

"But you think you're better?" Pelley asks.

"I always feel like I'm better," Young replies. "Always."

But critics haven't always agreed. Sure, he was good in college, they said, but in the NFL he'd get killed running like that. Some asked whether he could shift from a relatively simple college offense to the complex playbook in the pros.

And then there's that throw. Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher has learned to love Young's slightly off the shoulder pass, a toss that would likely be batted down if Vince weren't 6 feet 5.

Fisher tells Pelley that Young's height compensates for that "side-arm flick," especially compared to quarterbacks a few inches shorter. "This is the same place the ball's goin' on a 6-1 or 6-2 quarterback. So, it's not an issue," the coach explains.

"Before the draft -- and you know this, you've read this -- some scouts were saying, 'Vince Young is either gonna be the biggest thing in football or he's gonna be a total bust.' To those people, you say what?" Pelley asks Young.

"I love you, too," Young replies, laughing.

That laugh is a cover. He may be 233 pounds, but the skin is a little thin.

"That's what gets you going, isn't it?" Pelley asks. "People saying, Vince, you can't throw the ball that way. You can't run like that in the NFL. Not winning the Heisman Trophy. You feed on all of that."

"Yeah, I feed …" Young agrees.

"You come off the bench and say, 'Watch this,' " Pelley adds.

"All that stuff builds up in me," Young says.

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