The Tennessee Titans announced their team captains on Wednesday via Twitter, with quarteback Matt Hasselbeck serving as offensive captain, cornerback Cortland Finnegan as defensive captain and linebacker Tim Shaw serving as special teams captain.
While Hasselbeck is a newcomer to the Titans it is not unusual to see a quarterback elected team captain. What is interesting, however, is that Finnegan has risen from the ranks to serve as the Titans' team captain on defense.
Last year was decidedly not a good year for Finnegan. There was the whole “dirtiest player in the NFL aspirations” that he talked openly about last season, culminating with a fight with Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson late in the year that resulted in an ejection.
Finnegan did his part this off-season to turn over a new leaf, leading team workouts at Father Ryan High School while the lockout was going on. But he also staged a weekend walkout of training camp over his contract, again raising questions.
To his credit, Finnegan reported back to the team, admitted his mistake, apologized and now has earned the honor of being the defensive captain.
“It's humbling. I feel like it's the greatest achievement I've received thus far,” Finnegan said. “For these guys to believe in me and vote me as defensive captain is a true honor.
"That comes with a lot and I don't want to let these guys down. ... It's humbling and I have to continue to make the right decisions on and off the field."
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