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Vince Young NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Vince Young was named 2006 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The dynamic quarterback for the Tennessee Titans won The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year Award on Wednesday. He did it in the same fashion he turned around the Titans’ season — running away from the rest of the field.

Vince Young Rookie of the Year Craig Melvin-US PRESSWIRE Vince Young ran away with the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Young, who led Texas to the 2005 national championship and was the third overall pick in last April’s draft, overwhelmed one of the strongest rookie classes in NFL history. He received 23 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league.

That easily beat New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston and Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who had nine apiece; San Diego tackle Marcus McNeill (6); and Saints running back Reggie Bush (3).

Running back Carnell “Cadillac” Williams of Tampa Bay won the award last year. Young is the third member of the Tennessee-Houston franchise to take top rookie honors: Earl Campbell in 1978 and Eddie George in 1996 did it for the Houston Oilers.

Colston was running away with the award early in the season but there’s no way that a quarterback of Young’s impact wasn’t going to get it.

I happened to see Young’s NFL debut live, as it came against the Cowboys and some friends of mine in Nashville invited me to town to see it. He looked impressive even though the Drew Bledsoe-led Cowboys absolutely dominated the game.

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