Young big part of final McNair service

July, 11, 2009
7/11/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

From what I've seen, heard and read, Vince Young did a very nice job gathering himself and making comments at Steve McNair's final memorial Saturday in Mississippi before McNair was buried in a private ceremony.

After a tough start, his voice cracking and tears in his eyes, Young gave a speech that was fluid and solid. He said he'd looked for guidance from McNair on virtually every big decision since McNair became a mentor to him after they met at a football camp.

And with McNair's death leaving four boys without a father, Young made a pledge to them similar to the one Derrick Mason made at a Nashville memorial on Thursday.

"I used to walk, talk and try to be like Steve every day," Young said, according to Jessica Bliss. "And to see you all sitting right there, my brothers, I want to let you know I am here ... if you need me for anything, the same thing he did for me, I am here for you all."

Doing what they can to provide father figures for those kids seems an especially important piece of what teammates can do to try to honor McNair's memory.

How Young will recover from such devastating news has been a popular question and is impossible to predict. It will make his story in training camp, where Patrick Ramsey could challenge him for the backup job behind Kerry Collins, even more compelling.

The Titans report in just 20 days and will hold their first practice in three weeks.

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ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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