Titans QB Vince Young said in an interview last week that he was "a little bit leery" about selecting himself in the upcoming draft for his fantasy football league.
"I don't know, man," Young told Sporting News Radio's Tim Brando outside the Titans' practice facility last Thursday. "I don't know who I want for my fantasy QB. I'm picking eighth, so I know I'm gonna get stuck with a shitty running back already, so I have to go RB-RB-WR this year. It's crucial that I pick up a good QB and, to be honest, I'm not sure I'm fantasy starter material."
Young, who appears on the cover of the this year's Madden video game, cited that earlier Madden cover athletes endured poor seasons immediately following their cover appearances.
"I had Shaun Alexander last year and he killed my whole damn fantasy season. And if I pick myself and I get injured, that means one thing: I'll have to pick up another fantasy QB from waivers."
Young noted his own fantasy production from last season as another deterrent for selecting himself this week.
"We get six points for passing touchdowns in this league, but I seem to get more rushing TDs than passing TDs for some reason. I read in my Fantasy Maniacs magazine that I lost my top receiver last year, and that's really made me think."
The 12-team fantasy football league, sponsored by businesses based throughout the state of Tennessee, will pay out a $10,000 first prize to a charity designated by the winner. Young has already mentioned how badly he wants to turn that prize over to his charity, the Scramble From The Pocket For The Cure Foundation, to benefit cancer research.
"That Kitna guy did alright last year. I could take him. I had Jake Delhomme and Philip Rivers last year, and those guys didn't put up good numbers, but I think they're better fantasy QBs than me. At least they have some weapons on their teams. Rivers has Antonio Gates, the No. 1 fantasy TE. I tried to talk to [Titans RB] LenDale [White] about how I don't have any quality offensive weapons on my team, but he didn't seem interested. He probably doesn't do fantasy."
Young plans to pick his No. 1 fantasy QB at or around the 6th round, "before somebody starts a run and I get stuck with Chad Pennington or some shit. I also want to draft my defense and kicker in the last two rounds. It's too bad Kenny Irons got hurt; he was one of my sleepers this year. Just think, with a good draft, I can win my fantasy Super Bowl and that big $10,000 prize. That's my goal this year. Plus I think I get a T-shirt, too."
"How awesome would that be? Me wearing my Fantasy Football Champs T-shirt to practice in the last week of the season. Man, I just know the guys would be so jealous of me and all the hard work I put in to winning my fantasy league. It's too bad they'll never know that feeling, the feeling of being a fantasy football champion."
"I might get the Colts defense, too. Just in case..."