The Tennessee Titans hosted some special visitors to practice on Tuesday as 250 soldiers from Fort Campbell's 101st Airborne watched the team.
“It’s fun to see them come out and actually have a day where they can relax. I can’t imagine what they go through on a daily basis, stress wise and what’s on their minds,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “I know a lot of them are about to deploy to Afghanistan, so we’ve been trying to get them out here on a good day for them. Really, this is perfect, because the practice was closed. A couple hundred soldiers wanted to come down, and we wanted to have a chance to thank them for their service and what they’ve done for the country. Even though they’re big fans of ours, we’re big fans of theirs.”
Even receiver Kenny Britt, who was arrested for DUI at the Fort Campbell Post on July 20, posed for pictures with and signed autographs for the soldiers.
“They're great people. I've got an uncle that served 20 years, a cousin that served 26 years and a sister that's going in, and I just appreciate everything they do for us,” Britt said.
Fullback Collin Mooney could most relate to what the soldiers do on a daily basis. Mooney, a West Point graduate, was serving in the army just a few months ago himself.
“It's great to see those guys and to be able to support those guys and have them support us. It's really motivating to see them out there in their uniforms. It kind of takes you back to where I was just a few months ago, and makes me remember what it's all about and what they're all about,” he said. “It's very similar. We've got a schedule and we go off a schedule, and it's the same thing in the army. I feel like it's regimented, and I kind of feel like I'm carrying over what I did in the army, and it feels very similar to me in the sense that I just got out a few months ago, and I still have an army mindset.”