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Apparently, a fresh start was exactly what Vince Young needed to get his life in order. Following a successful workout with the Green Bay Packers this weekend, Young signed a one-year contract with the team on Monday.

It marks a brand-new chapter for Young, who is best known for his tenure as star quarterback at The University of Texas, a tenure that culminated in his becoming the unofficial 2006 Heisman Trophy winner leading the Texas Longhorns to victory in the 2005 BCS National Championship Game over the USC Trojans.

After being drafted 3rd overall in the 2006 NFL Draft and starting out his career with the Tennessee Titans, Young had a spectacular rookie season, going on to win the 2006 AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year award and injecting new energy into an organization that was still trying to rebuild itself after being dismantled by the Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV. However, attitude issues and off-the-field antics led to Young’s being benched and eventually cut from Tennessee. Young would enjoy the briefest of stints with both the Philadelphia Eagles – as a third-string QB – and the Buffalo Bills’ training camp in 2012 before stepping away from the league entirely.

Rather than quitting outright and prematurely ending a career before it could really begin, VY simply adapted his playbook. He kept himself in shape, stayed out of the notorious limelight, and in a sense, repackaged himself, going back to Texas and impressing many with his performance at the Texas Longhorns’ Pro Day earlier this year. Though Young wasn’t picked up in early off-season free agency, the Packers took notice of his efforts and invited Young to team workouts this past weekend.

Green Bay may be the opportune beginning for Young’s road to redemption in the NFL. Though he likely won’t start anytime soon, what with current QB Aaron Rodgers still running things, Green Bay has struggled to find a good backup for Rodgers up until this point and – as a mobile QB especially – VY could fill that void very well. Time will tell, though.