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Titus Young says he doesn’t “want to play anymore” if he isn’t getting the football

Posted by ttwentyman on January 22, 2013 – 5:38 pm

It’s been awhile since Detroit Lions fans have heard from wide receiver Titus Young after he was placed on Injured/Reserve with five weeks left in the 2012 season.

Aside from a knee injury that resulted in the IR designation, Young was dismissed the week of the Lions’ Thanksgiving Day game against Houston after he supposedly lined up in the wrong place during the Lions’ Week 11 game against Green Bay.

Reporters tried to talk to Young following that Houston game, but Young didn’t have much to say.

Now – after the long silence – Young has made his feelings known via his verified Twitter account.

Said Young, “Like I said I never been selfish but if I’m not going to get the football i don’t want to play anymore”

He also said, “To Be the best you gotta Beat the best #Me”

For a fan base that has been wondering whether Young would mature enough to come back to the team, this may be the answer.

Obviously as long as Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson is on the Detroit Lions roster, Young will remain the No. 2 receiver.

For him to say he doesn’t want to play if he isn’t getting the ball shows he probably can’t handle being the second option behind Johnson, who is considered by many to be the best active wide receiver in the game.

It will be interesting to see what the Lions do here. Now that Young has openly voiced his opinions, one has to think his trade value has probably gone down.


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30 Responses to “Titus Young says he doesn’t “want to play anymore” if he isn’t getting the football”

  1. By Rick on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Another terrible draft pick by the incompetent Mayhew who loves to draft injured players and head cases. Now we get nothing for this arrogant stiff!!

  2. By rockbo1955 on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    That is the same mind set that destroyed this team this year they have release or try to get draft pick from somebody he has got to go first off he did not catch a lot balls throw to him and Calvin did how arrogant of person this guy is keep Broyles and send this guy packing! there our good wr in the draft and free agent do not let the door hit you in the ass on the way out!

  3. By LostCause on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    For my money, it’s irrelevant what he was in college. Once he makes the pros, it’s time to step up and earn the money and prestige. Titus has failed on that by demonstrating a selfish attitude and poor play – too many dropped passes and offensive interference calls, as well as having trouble getting open when Calvin was double and triple covered. Time for this disruptive influence on the team to go, then watch him look back when the Lions finally make it to the big dance…

  4. By Ron on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with Rick 100 percent the lions cannot and will not ever be competitive with green bay by wasting draft picks year after year. Ford should not have retained Mayhew and Lewand they should have been gone along with Millen.I must say however i would keep Schwartz he is very bright in the end he will be a winner.

  5. By Dan on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Congratulations Titus Young! You are now the most hated Lions players in recent history. You are a third or fourth receiver on any team, at best. Your attitude was usually reserved for big mouth stars such as Moss or Owens, but even those days are gone. Sorry, but your a scum bag, and cannot wait to rally against you for the rest of your career.

  6. By Tom drury on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    I’m getting my son a Titus Young Piñata for his B-Day so Ic an watch him and his friends beat the hell out of it.

  7. By Ru on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    We should go after Greg Jennings!!!!!!! Please compliment CJ

  8. By Geary on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    So, let’s honor his wishes – let him take his stinikin’ attitude with him … and quit wasting everyone’s time SCHWARTZ!

  9. By Ken on Jan 22, 2013 | Reply

    Dude are you serious? Okay. Thre is an opening at my local grocery store for a stock boy on the night shift…. I can get you an application? Maybe you can have someone pass you a pineapple all the time, so you can make believe you are a real SUPERSTAR football player ! As if?..Wait, wait, wait. That might be too hard on your hands….how about catching some baby diapers and you can cry like a baby with a dirty diaper to someone who cares. You were lucky to be playing football with a class act as Calvin. There is no I in Team. Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out ! The Chiefs or the Panthers might have an opening. Ahhhhh…. Nope !….The grocery store might be a better place for you in instead.

  10. By NastyNate on Jan 23, 2013 | Reply

    This guy reminds me of Roy Williams. He thinks he should get the ball more than Calvin even though he doesn’t deserve it and wants to cry like a little girl about it. He’s obviously worthless to this team. We should have traded him before the rest of league found out what a jerk he was. Mabey we could have got a good draft pick like we did from Dallas for Williams. Now nobody in their right mind will take him and we will get nothing. He still has to go. There is no room for this type of attitude on this team. I hope he gets his wish and doesn’t play football because I am sure he won’t be getting the ball here anytime soon.

  11. By jeremy on Jan 23, 2013 | Reply

    Hey guys totally agree Titus is acting childish and has no sense of team lately but I still remember last season and the great rookie year he had. He helped us win alot of games, just not this year. I think titus needs a mentor and Nate getting hurt left him without any guidance. I am not sure if he even realizes how lucky he is to get to play next to Calvin and the chances he has if he just stepped up. To compliment CJ on the other side would be a dream to most and i hope Titus comes to the realization that he would likely be a #2 at best at his level of play. I wish to see him step up and resolve his anger issues and get back 2 being what the Lions need, a CJ compliment. Just keep in mind aside from CJ nobody stepped up this season and there is likely alot of frustration still lingering. Look at Pettigrew and the huge number of drops { he will reportably stop buttering his hands before the games now} that cost us counless TD’s. Should we let one of the best TE’s go because he let us down ? No we should stand up and support all of our Lions until they officially stop wearing the Honolulu blue. Let Titus know we appreciate him, maybe that is all he needs. Just sayin. And yes he needs to go if he were to screw up again.

  12. By ghost on Jan 23, 2013 | Reply

    Titus needs in depth counseling.

  13. By Jukemove on Jan 23, 2013 | Reply

    Titus wants to be a star, but he fails to realize that a star shines in whatever role you place him in. It is then others that will take notice and you won’t have to lobby for the ball others will do it for you.

  14. By Jukemove on Jan 23, 2013 | Reply

    I’m glad he did this now so we don’t have to wonder what his attitude will be like later.
    If we can’t get anything in trade for him, keep him on the roster until final cuts in August and let him scramble for another team.

  15. By Don on Jan 23, 2013 | Reply

    OK everyone is going to get upset about what I’m going to say. Even though I also believe that Titus should go somewhere else.
    This TEAM, NO Team should allow a complainer on their Team, it takes totally the whole objective of the Team and their Focus on what they are trying to achieve away from them.
    I have to admit that I didn’t notice Titus missing so many Passes but, i believe that if most of the fans are saying that he did then he Must have. One thing I do know is that someone has to take over that position because he must not be getting open. And as much as we need a RB we also Need another WR that CAN get open and start catching the football Opposite Calvin.
    Because as Good as Calvin is, he can’t catch them all.
    And it is hurting us not having another WR on the other side of the field and moving it down field also. Burleson was getting it done to some extant however we Need just a little more speed there. If Ryan Broyles can be that WR then it will start opening up the Field for a Ton of plays to be made. This TEAM has to be proficient at every position in order to be elite! If Broyles is that WR, it will give Calvin, Pettigrew, Scheffler, and whatever RB That much more independence to make play’s.
    When even one position isn’t filled with a player that is a play maker, It allows the opposition’s Defense to key in on the other play makers.
    As far as Offense goes on this Team RB and Slot are the Only holdup’s on it.
    Well the O-Line Too! But, if Broyles is our Man then that is all we need a RB and O-line and our Offense is should be ready to Win! The Defense That’s another Story.
    GO LIONS!

  16. By heavens cheatham on Jan 23, 2013 | Reply

    look i dont why the lions cant see this,but titus young has fire he needs the ball.let him return kickoffs,punts,split time with ryan,nate,,run reverses,he was like that in collage,so he knows how to play that roll. lets not get silly and give this guy away.lions you are so close,do the right thing ,get him more involved,and get a speed back second round. buck.

  17. By john on Jan 23, 2013 | Reply

    I am 69 and a Lion fan from the days of Bobby lane and can not remember a playerr that i dispised untill Titus give me the ball or i’m going home waaaa young

  18. By ghost on Jan 23, 2013 | Reply

    Hey John, I am 68 and I am blown away by Young/s attitude. Can you imagine what the players would have done to a guy in Layne’s day if they said that? It is unreal that a professional would take that position.

    The guy must have some mental issue that needs to be addressed.

  19. By ghost on Jan 23, 2013 | Reply

    And, Paul Horning died today. Sad, but that is part of life. Just another part of a great history gone.

  20. By sputzie on Jan 24, 2013 | Reply

    Cut the loser and sue him for a return of all his contract money. He obviously has some serious maturity and mental issues. Black ball him from the league and let him go out an make $12 an hour working as a janitor or maybe pumping gas somewhere. He will kick himself when he is 35 and living in an apartment somewhere living on swansons best and then it will dawn on him how great it could have been if he could have only kept his ego in check and Played with arguably the greatest reciever in the game. What a pinhead. He is not even close to being a #1 receiver in this league. He is a #2 at best and that is on a good day.

  21. By redwingliger on Jan 28, 2013 | Reply

    You people crack me up. In the first place every one of you need to read the CBA (collective bargaining agreement) particularly the section regarding punishing players, because if they cut Titus as a form of “discipline” than when ever any other player who voiced his displeasure with getting the ball, or just unhappy about the direction the team is going, then they would be subject to the same form of discipline. Second, Titus was a second round draft pick so he has a lot of value to the team despite his displeasure with playing for this organization. Third, Titus very rarely drops a ball that is catchable, in fact he has made some pretty spectacular catches laying out to save Matthew Stafford’s butt several times. This organization is FULL OF LOSERS FROM THE OWNERSHIP, COACHING STAFF, PLAYERS, ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE WATER BOY, and they will never become a winning franchise until that changes. Titus runs excellent routes, especially for a second year player, and has arguably the second-best pair of hands on this team, (as Nate Burleson stated on NFL a.m. recently) so it would be nice if Stafford threw the ball his way sometimes. Stafford will throw 15 balls to Pettigrew (on average) of which almost 50% are dropped, or fumbled with a little 5’9″ DB hits him, and Titus will be lucky if he gets targeted three times per game. Then, when he is targeted is usually diving all over the field, just to catch the ball because Stafford can’t hit anyone in stride, so they could do anything with their athletic abilities. If you don’t believe it Stafford threw more passive than any other quarterback in the league, yet we are right near the bottom (if not 32nd) in the league in RAC (run after catch) statistically. I’m sure he’s frustrated with Stafford’s inaccuracy, and by the time we played Jacksonville he probably had enough, especially this organizations “acceptance of subpar play” from the quarterback position.

  22. By redwingliger on Jan 28, 2013 | Reply

    Also, he was more than just a wideout in Boise State he was also a kick return man (a pretty good one in fact) so to watch Logan blowing plays, while never getting a chance to compete for that job, probably had a bearing on his attitude too. He knows that he won’t be out of football just because he isn’t welcome in Detroit anymore, and he will flourish, if not become a superstar on any other team with a quarterback that could throw the ball accurately. Granted, he should not have sucker punched Delmas (one of the most likable and popular players on the team) but that is not unheard in the NFL, especially during training/mini camp, it actually happens a lot more than you realize. Had the potheads on this team not gotten busted (multiple times) during the off-season, I doubt that Titus would have been made an example of for his sucker punch. That’s not to say that I condone his behavior (sucker punching Delmas) but that had to be very embarrassing especially when the lawbreakers only got slaps on their hands for something much more egregious. I also think Rayola hates Young and has since he joined the team for whatever reason because if you remember he spoke out against young for his personal foul penalty against the Saints (regular-season game) in his rookie season. I get that Raiola is supposed to be a team leader, but calling out teammates publicly isn’t showing leadership skills at all, especially when he has other teammates whom commit many more penalties than Titus ever has, and he doesn’t do that to those players. I think Raiola is more of a “brown noser” that flows with whatever the coaching staff/organization says because he knows he wouldn’t make it on any other team. Anyway, the bottom line is that Titus will be a very good player wherever he lands, because the guy not only has talent, but he has playmaker abilities when given the opportunity. You people are idiots if you think the Lions should just cut a player they drafted in the second round only two years ago… especially when so many teams need quality wide receivers. The Lions will be able to trade him if they really want to, and if they play their cards right, (which I don’t have a lot of faith in) but not if Tim Twentyman and Mike O’Hara don’t shut their ignorant mouths, because they’re only making matters worse. They’re so flipping ignorant, (and have given him so much bad publicity, (which this organization is condoning for some stupid reason) that any GM with a half brain will use in order to get Titus at a much discounted price.

  23. By redwingliger on Jan 28, 2013 | Reply

    Seriously, you people are treating Titus like he does sort of repeat offending drug addict, alcoholic murderer, and rapist, all wrapped up in one, when in fact all he wants is to win games, which he did quite a bit of at Boise State, and with a much less gifted quarterback. Look at how many NFL players are on other teams that have had their careers interrupted while sitting in prison, but are adored by fans once their careers resume. Titus might be high strung, a prima donna (if you will) sort of player, but he hasn’t done anything illegal, or been arrested in his entire life for God sakes. I think it’s kind of refreshing to have a player in this organization that cares more about winning than just collecting a paycheck and the rest of you should be ashamed of yourself for treating Titus the way you have. Of course he wants the ball and of course he wants Stafford to throw passes that are accurate enough for all of the players to use their athletic ability after they make a reception, because that’s how you win games. He only had one game (right after Burleson went down) all season long where he gained 100 yards receiving and that was the game he had the most recessions (nine). The other 10 games he played in he had 23 receptions (a whopping 2.3 per game) for 283 yards and and four touchdown. The only game he had nine receptions and got 100 yards in was the game against Seattle, which has this league’s biggest and probably second, or third highest rated backfield in the league. So for those of you who don’t believe that Titus is any good, run routes properly, gets open, or catches the ball when he has that opportunity, then how do you explain that? Also, the following week, (the Jacksonville game) was the first time that Titus started complaining in the huddle about not getting the ball enough, which incidentally was only two weeks after Burleson broke his leg, so he should have assumed the number two receiver position by default. Jacksonville’s secondary is nowhere near what Seattle is, yet Titus only had two receptions in a game, the following week (at Minnesota) he had only four receptions, and then his last game (Green Bay) he had just one. Don’t forget people he injured his knee in training camp and played through that injury all season long, which I’m sure only added insult to injury after busting your butt all week long, then not getting targeted, (or when he was) the passes were nearly (if not totally) impossible to catch. Try putting yourself in his shoes because when you see balls going to a double or triple teamed Calvin Johnson, Butterfingers Brandon Pettigrew, and/or watch Linehan call one field running play after another, while not even being considered would be incredibly frustrating.

  24. By ghost on Jan 28, 2013 | Reply

    Well, I just wonder what redwinger feels about the issue.

  25. By Ken on Jan 28, 2013 | Reply

    Okay. redwingler wow lots to say??? I just gotta say that an infection will spread if not treated quickly. Band aids just cover the wound and wont heal as fast. ……Get rid of the infection……….Take it as you may.

  26. By john on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    I bet half the Lion players would love to get more plays called thier way they just dont act like a child.I do not care about what he did yesterday what matters is what he had done and your numbers do not match what i remember .Sheffler had more tds and uds per catch with many less throws so hes the one who shoukld be crying.

  27. By john on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    oops ment to mention two tight ends out played Titus so redwinger,I’m just thankful your not the coach

  28. By ghost on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    Not to mention his brevity and consise prose.

    Titus on the other hand might be what we called many years ago as a man with Peter Pan Syndrom. He has not yet grown up and still lives in Never Never Land. He has so much potential and his earnings for a football career can never be gleaned from whatever his major is in unless it is in brain surgery.

  29. By Tee on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Personally I believe redwingliger makes a valid point, also I don’t agreed with the way Titus is handling his business regarding his beef with the coaches but he is talented and believe it or not we need to just work through this cause Calvin is going to get hurt if Stafford passes don’t get more accurate. I’m agreeing with redwingliger about Stafford’s throwing ability it needs work the Lions need a QB coach that will work with Stafford Shaun Hill may even be willing to work with the kid, but back to Titus he is only twenty something years old he is a baby so that’s why he is crying. One more thing I would have chose Sanchez over Stafford in the draft he is much more develop their rookie seasons prove it

  30. By Tee on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    I agree don’t throw talent away, this team is starving for talent that we don’t have. The boy is only twenty three years old where is his father

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