There’s not much else I can say before I get my own list started. The Titans are a team that have had some of my favorite players wear the Navy and Columbia blues. My list only concerns those who played in the Music City, so Oilers don’t count, but they can for you.
5. Eddie George
Eddie George may not have had the prettiest stats on yards per attempt, but I loved him not just because he was exciting, but also because he played for Ohio State, who I am a fan of (not the best offseason for that with what’s going on behind the scenes with the football program, but that’s beside the point). George made four straight Pro Bowls from 1997-2000.
George was a key piece of the Titans’ run to the Super Bowl in 1999, and even managed to break through tackle attempts from legendary defenders such as Ray Lewis and current 49ers general manager John Lynch.
4. Chris Johnson
Oh yeah, CJ2K. How could I not include one of the few players in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season in my list?
Simply put, in his prime, Johnson was a cutback machine. He combined deep, nasty jump cuts with (as Gus Johnson famously put it) “Getting away from the cops speed.” Johnson was crazy fast when he kicked in the gears, and his legendary 2009 season stands as the franchise’s single season rushing record.
3. Steve McNair
My first experience with Steve McNair was playing as him on my PC on Backyard Football 2002 back in the day. Ever since then, I loved him. McNair’s deadly combination of passing and scrambling made him a force for years, eventually leading to him winning co-MVP along with Peyton Manning in 2003.
McNair’s final drive in Super Bowl XXXIV (seriously though, why don’t they just use regular numbers or just name them after years?) is one that will forever be remembered by Titans fans. He was a passionate, fun player to watch, and he is sorely missed by the football community. R.I.P.
2. Jurrell Casey
Yeah, here's twist. As one of my favorite defensive tackles in the league, Jurrell Casey is a freak. He’s a fluid player and is one of the nastiest interior pass rushers in the game. If he didn’t play for a small market team like the Titans (or if the Titans went 14-2 or something), you’d hear his name come up a lot more.
At least his play has been recognized, as he’s made it to three consecutive Pro Bowls.
1. Zach Mettenberger
Nah, just kidding.
1. Marcus Mariota
Duh. Insanely accurate, insanely quick, great under pressure, great at moving defenders with his eyes, and all around way better than most people outside of Tennessee give him credit for, Marcus Mariota is a superb quarterback and my favorite Titans player of all time.
You’ve seen my favorite Titans players, but how about yours? List your favorite Titans players in the comment section below.