Vince Young considered quitting football for the rest of the 2008 season, but he did not contemplate suicide, he told ESPN's "E:60."
Police were told to look for the Tennessee Titans quarterback last Sept. 8 after he did not show up to undergo an MRI on his knee and did not tell anybody where he was going. After Young was found, a police report surfaced which said that Titans coach Jeff Fisher and the quarterback's therapist told police that Young had mentioned suicide before leaving his home with a gun. The coach later said the situation was overblown.
"I didn't want to kill myself. That's absurd," Young told Michael Smith on "E:60," which will air the interview in its entirety July 28 (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET). "Because I love my life, like I said. I love everything going on in my life. I love my family. I love everything that's going to happen to me in the future."
The former NFL Rookie of the Year injured his knee in the first game of last season, and Kerry Collins became the starter. With the Titans experiencing success, Young did not regain his starting job despite getting healthy.
Young had heard some boos in his second season as the Titans limped to a 9-7 record and the quarterback threw 17 interceptions with only nine touchdowns.
Fisher has said that Young must beat out Collins in camp this year to start again. Collins guided the Titans to a 13-3 record and a playoff berth last season, but he is 36 years old, compared with Young's 25. Young has recently said that if the Titans don't want him, he would move on, but he has since backed off those comments.
But in September 2008, he was ready to walk away from the game, at least for the year.
"I was that hurt from the boos. All the different things that were going on, man, it was so much for me I didn't want to play no more," he told "E:60."