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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Vince Young doesn't need the Heisman

By Paul Kuharsky

It’s unclear if the Heisman Trophy Trust will look to give Reggie Bush's returned trophy to runner-up Vince Young or leave it vacant.

Last Wednesday, Young twice gave me no comments when asked about the Heisman Trophy. On Monday he told Hannah Storm on SportsCenter:
"I definitely want it, I definitely want it. But he won it fair and square definitely, and it's much respect to Reggie, man. He had a great career and he's already won a Super Bowl before me. I'm already mad about that.

"But at the same time I am definitely happy for him, man, and he is definitely the Heisman Trophy winner for that year. But if they send it over to me I am not going to say no to it.”

The Trust shouldn’t offer it and he should reconsider and decline to take it if it does.

The Heisman in Young’s foyer would simply serve to add ammunition to those who perceive him as entitled. (I among those who perceive him this way.) A good share of what has not gone well for him since the Titans drafted him third overall in 2006 has been linked to that issue. He is used to being treated as royalty, and that has sometimes made bouncing back from difficulties difficult for him.

Yes, he has fared much better at winning games than his two first-round colleagues in that draft, Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler, who also suffer from cases of entitlement. But Young is still not a lock to be the long-term guy in Nashville.

Two things that won't do anything help him get there:

Wanting that Heisman.

And owning a Heisman that the world knows he didn’t really win.