Did Titus Young really say he's as good as his ex-teammate, Calvin Johnson? / Brace Hemmelgarn, USA TODAY Sports
Think of the NFL wide receivers you might consider "as good as" the Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson. Who comes to mind? Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall, maybe Roddy White.
What about some up-and-coming guys who could be on their way to Megatron's level? A.J. Green, Julio Jones and Dez Bryant come to mind.
What about Titus Young?
That's a rhetorical question, of course, but it seems the now-ex Lions receiver, cut from the team Monday, was serious last December during a conversation with his high school football coach.
Courtesy of the Detroit Free Press:
E.C. Robinson, Young's high school coach, said Young came to his house on Christmas and the two talked about his problems with the Lions.
"He did tell me he thought he was just as good Megatron," Robinson recalled late last month. "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."
And with that we can officially add "delusional" to the list of flawed character traits Young possesses.
Young was drafted with the 43rd overall pick in 2011, ahead of the likes of Torrey Smith (No. 58), Greg Little (No. 59) and Randall Cobb (No. 64). To think Young hasn't even reached the level of those receivers in his draft class must be so disappointing to Lions general manager Martin Mayhew.
Young definitely has talent, but off-and-on-field behavior has proven him to be a troubled soul. If he is to save his career, he'll have to get his mind right first.
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