Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
February 20, 2007
Contact: Jeremy Warren, 512-463-0113

Ellis, Senate Honors Vince Young

SCR 15 declares today Vince Young Day at the Texas Capitol

AUSTIN -- Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) today passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 15, declaring February 20, 2007 as Vince Young Day at the Texas Capitol.

Ellis praised Young for his hard work and leadership, both on and off the field.

"It is my distinct honor to recognize a young man who is already a legend, and whose talent on the field is matched only by his professionalism and humility off it," said Ellis. "We need more role models like Vince Young."

Vince Young grew up in Houston, Texas where he was primarily raised by his mother and grandmother. He credits his mother and grandmother for keeping him away from street gangs and trouble. A graduate of Madison High School, he led the Marlins to the 5A State Semifinals in 2001. After leaving Madison, he signed with the University of Texas where, in 2005, he led the Longhorns to their first football national championship since 1970. In 2006, he was picked third overall in the NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans, and quickly helped turn the franchise around. His stellar play earned him the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year award, and earlier this month he became the first rookie quarterback ever to play in the Pro Bowl.

Senator Ellis urged his fellow senators to not forget the other Vince Youngs currently in Texas high schools, who need guidance and support. He pointed out that, of the 473 Madison High School senior class, only 27 are currently enrolled at the University of Texas.

"There are thousands of young men and women in this state working hard in our public schools to get the chance to go to college and get an education," said Ellis. "It is our job to ensure that the doors to college are open to them so that, even if they cannot run and throw like Vince Young, they too can achieve their dreams."

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