Vince Young said in a television interview Wednesday that he recently sent a letter of apology to Jeff Fisher, the former coach of the Tennessee Titans with whom he clashed during their five years together.
"I definitely wanted to apologize for the things that I did," Young said, according to NFL.com. "Letting him know about the frustrations, all the different things that were going on in my life at the time and wanted him to know I really did appreciate him trying to make me become one of those type of leaders on the team and a successful quarterback. ... At the time being immature and not paying attention and not listening and taking my frustrations out on a lot of people wasn't the right thing to do."
Young, the third overall pick by Tennessee in the 2006 NFL Draft, appeared on the NFL Network to discuss his attempt to return to the league in 2013.
He plans to work out for scouts March 26 at the University of Texas pro day.
"I really feel like I can do a much better job than a lot of, most quarterbacks in the league,” he said.
Young’s final game with the Titans was a 19-16 loss at home to the Washington Redskins. Young started the game, was injured and not allowed to return and — after a brief verbal altercation with Fisher — stormed out of the locker room immediately following the contest.
He also reportedly often was late for meetings and once Fisher ordered the team plane to depart for a game at Philadelphia without the quarterback, who had not reached the airport by the scheduled departure time.
He was 30-17 as a starter during his five seasons with Tennessee, was named the NFL’s 2006 offensive rookie of the year and started one playoff game, a 17-6 loss at San Diego following the 2007 season.
He was a backup for Philadelphia in 2011, was cut by Buffalo following training camp last summer and sat out the entire 2012 season.
Fisher also left the Titans following the 2010 season. He was named coach of the St. Louis Rams last season.
Recently, financial issues have led to litigation by and against Young. He has filed suit against his former manager and agent over $5.5 million he said was misappropriated. He also was ordered to repay a $1.7 million loan from a New York-based financial institution.
Young blamed those off-field issues for the fact that he was out of the league last season.
"I don't really feel like it was my game,” he said. “I just really feel like (it was) some of the off-the-field issues. I really feel like teams don't want their quarterback to be in a position where they're distracted.
"I was young at the time and I put my trust in a lot of people. I was getting taken advantage of. Basically I'm the victim of the situation. Just got to clean up that mess, just to let teams know I'm a little bit more mature than I used to be. I've grown a whole lot."