No one with the Titans will ever put on Eddie George’s No. 27 nor the No. Nine of the overdue Steve McNair once more, avid gamers who helped the franchise via 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 house opener in opposition to the Indianapolis Colts.
“This can be a giant second for me individually as a result of I like those guys, and I do know my dad beloved those guys and he’s going to be so satisfied and proud that we had been honoring them lately,” Strunk mentioned of her overdue father, Bud Adams, who based the franchise in 1960.
The Titans say this would be the first time an NFL group has retired both a No. Nine or 27, giving the league 153 numbers which have been retired. McNair and George will sign up for six different former Titans and Oilers whose numbers had been retired together with Warren Moon, Earl Campbell, Mike Munchak, Bruce Matthews and Elvin Bethea — all individuals of the Professional Soccer Corridor of Status.
George referred to as having his quantity retired a “large honor” making an allowance for that generally calls for being within the Professional Soccer Corridor of Status.
“I could not believe having an afternoon like this the place my jersey (is) retired on my own,” George mentioned. “It must be with Steve. … It is completely suitable to have us cross in in combination.”
George, who performed 8 seasons with this group 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 2nd all-time main passer (27,141 yards) at the back of best Professional Soccer Corridor of Status quarterback Warren Moon (33,685).
McNair, killed July four, 2009, leads the franchise with 76 wins as a starter. McNair and George in combination went 80-48 for a .625 successful proportion with just one shedding season at 7-Nine in 2001 and the 2000 Tremendous Bowl, two AFC championship video games, 4 playoff appearances and two department titles.
Mechelle McNair, his widow, was once now not in a position to wait Wednesday’s information convention. Workforce announcer Mike Keith learn a observation she despatched.
“Steve could be actually venerated to understand that he was once held in such top esteem by means of you,” Mechelle McNair wrote. “Retiring his jersey is a truly giant deal for us. This can be a tangible reminder for me and the lads to understand that No. Nine will endlessly be held within the best possible regard within the Titans country.”
McNair stays one in every of best 3 quarterbacks in NFL historical past to throw for 30,000 yards and run for three,500 yards with Fran Tarkenton and Steve Younger. McNair earned 3 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 gained the Heisman Trophy whilst at Ohio State, referred to as a wild-card playoff victory over Baltimore in January 2004 as his favourite non-public reminiscence. Requested for a favourite sport second for McNair, George mentioned when the quarterback was once named MVP. George recalled all that McNair went via with accidents, ideas of retiring to dramatic comebacks comparable to coming off the bench for a divisional win in Pittsburgh in 2000.
The Titans cheered McNair for 10 mins when then-coach Jeff Fisher introduced McNair have been voted MVP.
“We noticed all he needed to undergo to get to that time as an African-American quarterback. He had to triumph over a large number of stigmas and a large number of stereotypes to end up himself on this league,” George mentioned.
“So it is going past simply the numbers, it is going past simply what you notice at the stat sheet. To look him within the locker room getting taped up and having to take naps as a result of he was once drained and beat up and must rise up the next day to come and cross out and combat, that was once our tradition. That is who we had been.”
Trainer Mike Vrabel congratulated each George and McNair, noting he was once 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 mentioned. “The ones two guys had been an enormous a part of their good fortune right here, so we are rather well acutely aware of what they have achieved right here for the Titans. Simply want to say congratulations to them.”
NOTES: The Titans have agreed to phrases with broad receiver A.J. Brown, wrapping up the final in their draft magnificence.