Titans quarterback Vince Young, who told the young sons of the late Steve McNair that he would do his best to help when possible, delivered on the promise he made at the funeral, taking the boys to their school's "Dear Dads Breakfast," the Tennessean newspaper reported Thursday on its Web site.
To the surprise of 11-year-old Trenton and 5-year-old Tyler, Young showed up at their house Wednesday and took them to a pancake breakfast at a restaurant.
"Those are my boys," Young told the Tennessean. "I wouldn't say it was to pay anyone back; it was just out of love. Steve would do it for me. He pretty much did it for me when I was growing up. I have a history with the boys, and I want to do anything I can. I am their big brother."
Julie Dilworth, admissions director at St. Paul Christian Academy, was full of praise for Young. "It was a great, great gesture," Dilworth told the Tennessean. "All the kids had been talking about the dads' breakfast and (Trenton and Tyler) were wondering what was going to happen with them.
"They were thrilled ... the boys came to school with huge smiles on their faces."
Young, 26, was close with Steve McNair even before he was drafted by the Titans with the third overall pick in the 2006 draft. Young had attended McNair's camps when he was young. McNair, 36, was shot and killed July 4.
Young also gave other kids at the school jerseys and autographs.
"It was a surprise, and just to see the excitement on their faces, it's a great feeling," Young told the newspaper. "We had a good time eating pancakes. I had an omelet.
"Overall they are doing cool, doing good. Just talking to their mom, I think they are going to be all right. I am always going to be here for them, always."