ELSA – Longhorn legend Vince Young made a few appearances in the Valley Tuesday. Edcouch-Elsa High School was his last stop.
Young spoke with students about growing up in Houston, where he overcame obstacles. The main theme of his speech was taking advantage of opportunities.
Young thanked his mentors from high school for helping him reach the NFL. He encouraged students at Edcouch-Elsa to go after their goals, just like he did years ago.
“It was great,” said Young. “God blessed me to give my testimony and give knowledge to share with the next young man or young lady and to push them to be the best that they can be. They can compete and they can do the same things like the other schools around the country that kind of get more supplies or more funding. These students I feel need more love and to let them know that we're very proud of them. I'm just happy to be one of the guys that can come out and speak to them and also be a representative for the University of Texas.”
After leaving college early for the NFL, Young returned to Austin in 2013 to finish his degree. Young hopes his words today motivated students to chase their dreams in school and beyond.
Next week, Young will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to help raise money for clean water in East Africa.