Vince Young’s improbable 2009 season has added one final turn – a return trip to the Pro Bowl.
The Tennessee Titans quarterback was added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster when San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers bowed out of the game on Wednesday. Earlier, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady removed himself from the game, and Houston’s Matt Schaub was added to the AFC list.
“I was very excited to find out that I’m getting a chance to go play in the Pro Bowl,” Young said. “Thanks to all my teammates, coaches and fans that have supported me. I can’t wait to represent the Tennessee Titans and join C.J. in the game. Hopefully we’ll get a few more players in there, too. I’ve been working out the last two weeks, so I’ll be ready to go.”
Young also made the Pro Bowl as an alternate and was added to the roster in his rookie year of 2006.
This year, he was on the bench behind Kerry Collins through the Titans 0-6 start, but was reinstalled as the starter at the insistence of owner Bud Adams after the bye week.
It marks the third time in four seasons the Titans have had a quarterback in the Pro Bowl. Collins was selected to the AFC team last year.
Young responded with a solid performance, completing 152 of 259 passes for 1,879 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
The Titans responded as well, going 8-2 under Young’s guidance to finish the season 8-8.
Young will join teammate Chris Johnson, who was elected as the AFC’s starting running back, at the Jan. 31 game in Miami.
There is the possibility that three other Titans could potentially be added to the roster. Center Kevin Mawae and tackle Michael Roos are both alternates to the game, and in the event that the New York Jets reach the Super Bowl by upsetting Indianapolis on Sunday, one or both of them could be added to the roster to replace New York center Nick Mangold and tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson. Cortland Finnegan could be called upon to replace Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis as well.
The Colts' Jeff Saturday is the other AFC center, and if Indianapolis wins Sunday, that also would likely open the door for Mawae to play in the Pro Bowl.