No one with the Titans will ever put on Eddie George’s No. 27 nor the No. 9 of the late Steve McNair once more, gamers who helped the franchise by means of its tough relocation from Houston to Tennessee to its lone Tremendous Bowl berth.
Controlling proprietor Amy Adams Strunk introduced Wednesday that the franchise will retire each numbers Sept. 15 at their dwelling opener in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts.
“This can be a massive second for me personally as a result of I really like these guys, and I do know my dad beloved these guys and he will likely be so completely satisfied and proud that we had been honoring them at this time,” Strunk stated of her late father, Bud Adams, who based the franchise in 1960.
The Titans say this would be the first time an NFL staff has retired both a No. 9 or 27, giving the league 153 numbers which have been retired. McNair and George will be a part of six different former Titans and Oilers whose numbers have been retired together with Warren Moon, Earl Campbell, Mike Munchak, Bruce Matthews and Elvin Bethea — all members of the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame.
George referred to as having his quantity retired a “large honor” contemplating that often requires being within the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame.
“I could not think about having a day like this the place my jersey (is) retired on my own,” George stated. “It must be with Steve. … It’s very applicable to have us go in collectively.”
George, who performed eight seasons with this staff and made 4 Professional Bowls, stays each the franchise’s all-time main rusher with 10,009 yards and all-time scrimmage yards chief with 12,153. McNair, drafted a yr earlier than in 1995 at No. Three general, performed 11 of 13 seasons right here and stays the franchise’s second all-time main passer (27,141 yards) behind solely Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame quarterback Warren Moon (33,685).
McNair, killed July 4, 2009, leads the franchise with 76 wins as a starter. McNair and George collectively went 80-48 for a .625 successful share with just one dropping season at 7-9 in 2001 and the 2000 Tremendous Bowl, two AFC championship video games, 4 playoff appearances and two division titles.
Mechelle McNair, his widow, was not in a position to attend Wednesday’s information convention. Crew announcer Mike Keith learn a press release she despatched.
“Steve can be really honored to know that he was held in such excessive esteem by you,” Mechelle McNair wrote. “Retiring his jersey is a very massive deal for us. It’s a tangible reminder for me and the boys to know that No. 9 will without end be held within the highest regard within the Titans nation.”
McNair stays one among solely three quarterbacks in NFL historical past to throw for 30,000 yards and run for 3,500 yards with Fran Tarkenton and Steve Younger. McNair earned three of his 4 Professional Bowls with the Titans and shared The Related Press’ NFL MVP with Peyton Manning in 2003 as the primary black quarterback to win that award.
George, who received the Heisman Trophy whereas at Ohio State, referred to as a wild-card playoff victory over Baltimore in January 2004 as his favourite private reminiscence. Requested for a favourite sport second for McNair, George stated when the quarterback was named MVP. George recalled all that McNair went by means of with accidents, ideas of retiring to dramatic comebacks similar to coming off the bench for a divisional win in Pittsburgh in 2000.
The Titans cheered McNair for 10 minutes when then-coach Jeff Fisher introduced McNair had been voted MVP.
“We noticed all he needed to undergo to get to that time as an African-American quarterback. He needed to overcome loads of stigmas and loads of stereotypes to show himself on this league,” George stated.
“So it goes past simply the numbers, it goes past simply what you see on the stat sheet. To see him within the locker room getting taped up and having to take naps as a result of he was drained and beat up and must stand up the following day and exit and combat, that was our tradition. That is who we had been.”
Coach Mike Vrabel congratulated each George and McNair, noting he was fortunate sufficient to have George as a teammate at Ohio State. Vrabel recalled hitting McNair in a playoff sport hoping the quarterback fell like he did.
“We had some nice matchups in opposition to the Titans,” Vrabel stated. “These two guys had been an enormous a part of their success right here, so we’re very effectively conscious of what they’ve achieved right here for the Titans. Simply want to say congratulations to them.”
NOTES: The Titans have agreed to phrases with vast receiver A.J. Brown, wrapping up the final of their draft class.