Everyone should know by now that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The NFL does it’s part in raising awareness to this disease by offering to the players and fans different pink items to purchase. Over this last weekend the Tennessee Titans held their first annual Football 101 course. It is an event to promote Breast Cancer Awareness and benefits the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition.
The event was held Saturday from 10 a.m. until about 4:30 p.m. at Baptist Sports Park in Nashville. It is the home to the Tennessee Titans practice facility. The morning began with registration and a hot pink bag full of Titans gear for each participant. After seeing what was available as silent auction items we headed right out to the field where the team was already practicing.
The practice lasted until about 11:15 a.m. and afterwards many of the players like Nate Washington, Kenny Britt, Chris Johnson, Jared Cook, Marc Mariani, Scott Solomon, and Deuce Lutui were available for pictures and autographs.
After practice we were taken into what looked like a college lecture hall and this is where we learned the ins and outs of the organization. Head coach Mike Munchak spoke and then we got lessons from offensive coordinator Chris Palmer, defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and the special teams coach, Alan Lowry.
We were treated to lunch and a tour of the full facility after our school lesson, and then it was time to get down to business. There were about 150 women that signed up for the event over the weekend and we were all divided into groups of about ten and paired with at least one Titans player.
Mine happened to be learning defense with Rookie defensive end Scott Solomon. After running a few drills with him and his twin brother (who graciously came by just to help out Scott); we matched up with another team and played a little seven-on-seven.
It was truly a weekend to look back on, but most of all to realize that behind all the toughness that many of these guys truly have good souls and they are willing to take out most of their day for a good cause. They all had the best attitudes and actually wanted to be there.