Young's provenance, personality and
big-game performances have the Texans in
a pickle. While they don't seem to think
the Houston-born-and-reared quarterback
of the national champion Texas Longhorns
is the right fit as they attempt to
recover from a 2-14 season, there are
those in the community who disagree.
season ticket-holder Holly Frost, spent
thousands of dollars for a full-page ad
in last Sunday's Chronicle to beseech
the Texans to select Young with the top
pick in Saturday's NFL draft. He
admonished them for "not taking
calculated risks to get much better" and
for taking "the easy way out" with
Southern California running back Reggie
Bush, whom conventional wisdom considers
the best offensive prospect in this
been looking at players coming out (of
college) for 20 years trying to decide
which ones are going to make it," said
Frost, 61, who founded Texas Memory
Systems, a company specializing in
computer memory storage, 27 years ago.
"As near as I can tell, Vince Young
looks like the best player with the
biggest potential I've ever seen. From
my humble point of view, it's a
time I see Vince or hear him speak, I
say to myself, 'Damn, that's a cool
dude.' I like what he says and how
humbly he carries himself."
ad, Frost also asked his fellow fans to
contact the Texans through their fan
feedback Web site and tell the team they
believe the former Madison High School
star should start his NFL career in
Houston. The Texans say more than
300 Young advocates have responded. A
spokesperson said every e-mail or fax
has been, or will be, individually
respect all our fans' opinions, and we
sincerely appreciate that they care
enough about the Houston Texans to voice
them," said Tony Wyllie, the team's vice
president, of communications. "That's
why we offer (email@example.com).
We want to know what they're thinking."
McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture
and one of the Texans' most prominent
corporate sponsors, hasn't written in,
but he's not a bit bashful about sharing
his thoughts. A former Longhorn who was
at the Rose Bowl for the BCS
championship game, McIngvale said he
doesn't know Frost but noted they're
kindred spirits. McIngvale is in the
process of buying a two-page ad to run
in Thursday's Chronicle.
of view on Vince is real simple," said
the man known as "Mattress Mack." "I saw
what he did against USC, and for me,
it's kind of like the gospel at church
last Sunday. When Thomas stuck his hand
on Jesus' side, he believed. Well, I
believe in Vince."
and his wife, Linda, also own Westside
Tennis Club and were responsible for
bringing the ATP Tour back to Houston
six years ago. He compared Young to
tennis champion Pete Sampras.
the Pete Sampras of football," he said.
"He steps up in the big moments. And
he's a Houston kid on top of that. How
do you pass him up?"
was speaking from his customary post at
the front desk of his store on
Interstate 45, where a replay of Texas'
dramatic win over Bush and the Trojans
can be seen repeating on the sea of TVs
for sale. Young scored the winning
touchdown on a fourth-down keeper in the
final moments, having led the Longhorns
back from 12 points behind with six
minutes to play.
watching No. 10 right now," McIngvale
said. "He just keeps getting better.
They all tell me Reggie Bush is so
great. USC's got 12 guys going to go
play in the pros. Texas has five. Tell
me who made his team better. Hello?"
Frost, whose son attended UT: "As soon
as Vince got the ball in the fourth
quarter, you felt, 'We've got it made.
Vince has the football.' "
of the Dallas Cowboys who openly
disdained the Oilers before the Texans'
first game in 2002, Frost was speaking
only as a fan when he bought his ad. He
concedes he has renewed his season
tickets and that if the Texans don't
take Young, "I'll just shake my head and
have a bad opinion of them. Sure, I'll
still go the games."
adamant that he wasn't seeking
publicity. His company wasn't mentioned
in the ad, nor did he use his full last
name in the letter.
lived in Texas since the 1950s," he
said. "I'm an entrepreneur. I've made
some money over the years, and I'm just
trying to have a positive impact. The
one thing I've learned in business is
that you try to hire people who make
good decisions. Vince Young looks like
he makes good decisions. You read that
Vince can't do this or he can't do that,
and wait until he sees an NFL
linebacker. But you can say that about
anybody coming out of college."
agreed to buy his tickets for next year,
Frost sent the same letter to the Texans
about Young that later appeared in the
ad. After it garnered no response —
"They probably just tossed it away," he
said — he contacted the Chronicle and
put his money where he mouth was.
Texans are saying, 'We'll draft Bush no
matter what happens. People can't argue
with our decision,' " he said. "Well,
yes, you can argue, and I did with my
speaks as both a fan and a corporate
sponsor. Asked if the Texans' choosing
Bush will impact his future business
relationship with the team, he replied:
"It darn sure ain't going to help it.
I'm a marketing guy. I think Vince would
be over the top for them. I don't want
to go through another year like last
year when I basically threw my money
obligated for a couple more years, and
I'm big on fulfilling my commitment. But
ongoing I've got to take a look at it
because regardless of the football
implications, (drafting Young) would at
least double the value of my sponsorship
McIngvale felt, Frost said: "Good for