Kevin Mawae is being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame today. While the Titans only got the last four seasons of the center’s twelve year career, there is no doubting the impact he had during his time with the team.
Mawae famously helped clear the way for Chris Johnson during the memorable CJ2K season in 2009, but it wasn’t just that one special season. The Titans never finished lower than seventh in the NFL in total rushing yards during his four seasons as the pivot on Tennessee’s offensive line from 2006 to 2009. When you look at the team’s rushing stats from the seasons before and after Mawae’s stint here compared to the numbers with 68 in two tone blue, his impact becomes obvious.
2005: 1,525 rushing yards (23rd), 3.8 YPA (20th)
2006: 2,241 rushing yards (5th), 4.7 YPA (7th)
2007: 2,109 rushing yards (5th), 3.9 YPA (21st)
2008: 2,199 rushing yards (7th), 4.3 YPA (11th)
2009: 2,592 rushing yards (2nd), 5.2 YPA (1st)
2010: 1,727 rushing yards (17th), 4.3 YPA (14th)
Mawae was selected to two of his eight Pro Bowls in Tennessee and received one of his three First-Team All-Pro nods. He blocked for a 1,000 yard rusher in 13 of his 16 seasons.
Mawae was a master technician and tactician on the offensive line, using his agility and smarts to make sure he was constantly in the right place at the right time. Few have ever had the instincts for the game that he had.
You can't teach a lot of the stuff that center Kevin Mawae did.. pic.twitter.com/YUZKZGD7VH— Cover 1 (@Cover_1_) March 15, 2019
Mawae will be remembered by the NFL as a Jet, but his time with the Titans left a lasting impact on his teammates, coaches, and fans. If you have some time today, I’d encourage you to read a few stories about Mawae’s life and NFL career. I’ve rounded up a few good ones below.
If you have others please share in the comments below. Congrats on this incredible honor to Kevin Mawae. It is more than well-deserved.