Today is going to be one of the more emotional games in the history of what is now called Nissan Stadium. In case you have been under a rock, they are retiring #9 and #27 at halftime today. Steve McNair and Eddie George were 2 of the biggest reasons that Adelphia Coliseum was the toughest place in the NFL to play when the team first moved here. This is huge deal for people like me, and many of you here, who have been following this team since those days. We have all desperately longed for teams that come anywhere close to doing what Steve and Eddie did on the field.
And we just might be in luck. This team looks to have a lot of the same ingredients that those teams from the late 90’s and early 2000’s had- an incredible defense and a running back that breaks the will of opposing defenses by running over them for 4 quarters.
With all of that being said, there have been countless times throughout the post Eddie and Steve years where we have felt this way about a team only to be letdown in a game that looked like it should be a win. This team can go a long way in proving to us they are ready to go from “good to great” by taking care of business today.
Oh yeah, and they are playing the Colts...the team that has harassed them for so many years and kept the Titans out of the playoffs last season.
Unfortunately I won’t be able to be there today, but I still remember December 9th, 1999. That night Eddie George ran for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Oakland Raiders. I swear people in Murfreesboro could hear the “EDDIE! EDDIE! EDDIE!” chants. Make the stadium feel like that again today. Give the Titans the home field advantage they just haven’t had over the last few years.