Titus Young: 'I'm Better than Megatron'
Cut by the Lions yesterday after two years of yapping and complaining about mistreatment by the Lions offense, Young has found a way to continue making headlines due to his inexplicable ego.
According to E.C. Robinson, Young’s high school football coach, the former Lions Receiver had some outlandish claims to make when the two met up this past Christmas. Robinson told the Detroit Free Press that Young claimed he was a better receiver than Calvin Johnson.
“He did tell me he thought he was just as good (as) Megatron,” Robinson told the paper. “I said, ‘Titus, come on.’ I said, ‘Come on, man. Who you talking to?’ I said, ‘Come on, you’re as good as that guy? This guy is the real deal.’ And he really believes this. And he was sincere about it. ‘Ah man, I’m better than him.’ I said, ‘No you’re not. Be real man. Come on.’ So I don’t know, I’m hoping for the best for him.”
After being drafted with the 12th pick in the second round of the 2011 draft, Young showed flashes of promise, compiling 607 yards and 6 touchdowns his rookie year. There was a lot of fear that the difference in talent between Mountain West defensive backs and NFL defensive backs would be too great for Young to be as effective a pro receiver. At Boise State, he relied heavily on his speed and Kellen Moore’s ability to find him when he was open – which was quite often thanks to weak Mountain West opponents.
But Young retained a great deal of his explosiveness and was one of the league’s best rookie receivers in 2011. Then problems started adding up from personal foul penalties to sucker-punching Lions Safety Louis Delmas during practice. Young was on thin ice that only got thinner as 2012 went along and it eventually led to his breakup with the Lions yesterday.
After the amount of distractions he caused in Detroit this year, it was already unlikely that any other NFL franchise would be greatly willing to bring on the troubled Wide Receiver, but today’s news might just be the icing on the cake. What team is going to want to take on an occasionally solid receiver that personally believes he’s the best receiver in the NFL? We’ll see if there are any takers.