New Green Bay Packers quarterback Vince Young has spoken of his eagerness to impress his new team after a difficult year away from the sport.
Young, 30, who was drafted by the Tennessee Titans with the third pick of the 2006 NFL draft after a glittering college career as a Texas Longhorn, has seen his career drastically falter since a stunning first season saw him named the league's best offensive rookie.
After being released by the Titans in the summer of 2011, Young has rarely featured in the NFL.
He spent a solitary season as backup to the controversial Michael Vick in Philadelphia during the following campaign before signing a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills in May 2012.
He was released from that contract just three months later and never featured in a Bills uniform.
However, after spending a year reflecting away from the pressures and the intense glare of the NFL spotlight, Young insists he is ready to prove his worth once again.
He told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "I just want to get in here and earn the team respect and staff and coaches' respect and continue to keep playing football. The game that I love."
Young, who is expected to compete with Graham Harrell and B.J Coleman for the right to provide cover for Aaron Rodgers, attributes his comeback to the culmination of a gradual maturing process.
"Maturing, that's the biggest thing," he said. "Back in the day, I was a young Vince. Now, I'm more mature and definitely learned from things that happened in the past.
"I'm married now, a grown man, 30-years-old. I'm kind of like the old head in this locker room."
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