Last Friday, former Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck officially decided to call it a career. Bulluck decided to retire where his career began.
It seemed as soon as it was announced that he was going to officially retire, many Titans fans began to ponder his place in Titans history. More importantly, many began to wonder if he was on the greatest Titans of all-time.
With that being said, many have made their list, so I figured I would make my list of who I think are the top five Titans of all-time. Without further ado, here is my list!
(Disclaimer: All players on the list have spent a minimum of five years here with the team since they have been in Nashville.)
5. Keith Bulluck
Holding down the fifth spot, I have Bulluck, who was drafted with the 30th
pick in the 2000 NFL Draft out of Syracuse. He came in as the young pup on the team and slowly but surely became one of the leaders as Eddie George and Steve McNair moved on with their careers. Bulluck was the best linebacker to ever play for the Titans.
He was definitely a guy that gave opposing tight ends nightmares with his great coverage abilities. Bulluck also made a ton of plays in the running game as well. For his career with the Titans, he led the team in tackles five times and made the Pro Bowl once.
4. Derrick Mason
At fourth on this list is Derrick Mason. Mason was a guy that many overlooked when he first entered the NFL in 1997. Mason was drafted in the fourth round out of Michigan State by the then Tennessee Oilers.
He first made his impression on the team on special teams, returning kicks and punts. Mason set a then-NFL record in 2000 when he amassed 2,690 combined receiving and special team yards, surpassing the old NFL record of 2,535 yards set by Lionel “Little Train” James in 1985 (record broken again in 2011 by Darren Sproles). Mason went over 2,000 yards total receiving and special team yards again, becoming the first Titan to do so in consecutive years.
Another amazing thing that Mason did was compile four straight seasons of over 1,000 receiving yards, which is no easy feat when your team has a run-first offense. He truly was a special Titan during his eight years here.
3. Frank Wycheck
In third I have tight end Frank Wycheck, who came to the Oilers/Titans organization in 1996 after he was cut by the Washington Redskins. He is most famously known as the guy that threw the “Music City Miracle” lateral to Kevin Dyson in the Titans lone Super Bowl run.
But Wycheck was much more than that one throw to the organization. He was the security blanket for quarterback Steve McNair for a long time and was one of the team's best pass receivers in his tenure with the club.
As far as his career, Frank is one of six tight ends to have 500 receptions in NFL history (Ozzie Newsome, Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Shannon Sharpe, Kellen Winslow are the other tight ends). Frank also made the Pro Bowl three times in his career, all with the Oilers/Titans organization (1998, 1999, and 2000).
2. Eddie George.
Coming in second on my list is running back Eddie George, who was drafted 14th overall by the then Houston Oilers in 1996.
The 1996 Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State was a sledgehammer when he ran the ball, getting every ounce out of every run. George was often criticized for his lack of breakaway speed, but he more than made up for that with his bruising running style and his leadership on the team. George played eight seasons with the Titans, amassing over 10,000 yards rushing while never missing a start. He also made the Pro Bowl from 1997-2000.
He definitely is one of the faces that you remember when you think about the history of this organization in Nashville.
1. Steve McNair
McNair comes in at number one on my list. He started his career as the third over all pick of the Oilers in 1995 out of Alcorn State.
In the beginning of his career, he was used more in short yardage and specialty situations behind quarterback Chris Chandler. But in 1997, the keys to the team were finally turned over to him as the full-time quarterback, and history was made.
McNair went on to lead the Titans to four playoff appearances, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV versus the Rams. He also made the Pro Bowl three times and was co-MVP with Peyton Manning in 2003 as a Titan.
He wasn’t just a great quarterback for the Titans, he was the heart and soul of this team. When you think of the Titans and the toughness of the team, you cannot help but think of McNair. Rest in peace.
What are your thoughts? Agree or disagree with the list?
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