If there was one thing that I could pick out about the Tennessee Titans, that I absolutely love, it would be the fact that the team as a whole is so involved in the community surrounding the field.
The amount of community involvement not only stands out with the NFL but it also brings the fans closer to the team to make the connection to the fan base even greater. With the Titans Caravan the team tours throughout numerous cities in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky to meet fans for a fun day.
The Caravan started in 1998 to give goodwill throughout the area. This year a total of six staff members will travel throughout 50 stops with the players and the Titans mascot, T-Rac. This year’s Caravan started last Monday, April 30 and it will run into this Friday, May 11 with special appearances from different Titans players with every location.
The Caravan started with appearances by Michael Roos, and Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Cornerback Jason McCourty, Tight End Jared Cook, Alterraun Verner and Linebacker Colin McCarthy. Head Coach Mike Munchak also made appearances last Friday in Pulaski, Fayetteville, Shelbyville and Murfreesboro Tennessee.
Yesterday former Titans players safety Blaine Bishop and Frank Wycheck made appearances in McMinnville, Gallatin and Mount Juliet Tennessee. The players sat and signed autographs for hours at every location throughout the day for thousands of fans.
Today it was Kicker Rob Bironas and Quarterback Jake Locker. The day got started early for Bironas. He was at Smithville Elementary School by 8:30 a.m. and then moved to Sparta and Crossville. He was then joined by Locker in Cookeville.
The Caravan doesn’t just provide endless opportunities for autographs and pictures for fans though. There are activities set up like football skill races and many team building exercises alongside the players. This is such as great way for players to earn the respect of their fans. Taking the time out of their offseason, right after the draft and during the start of their offseason program truly shows that they respect their fan base.
To see a list of the Titans full stops this week, click here.