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Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans
Current season
Established 1960 (1960)
Play in Nashville, Tennessee
Headquartered in Saint Thomas Sports Park, Nashville, Tennessee
Tennessee Titans logo
Logo
League/conference affiliations

American Football League

  • Eastern Division (1960–1969)

National Football League (1970–present)

Current uniform
Team colors

Navy, Titans Blue, Red, White, Silver

                        
Mascot T-Rac
Personnel
Owner(s) KSA Industries [1]
Chairman Susie Adams Smith Co-Chairman
Amy Adams Hunt Co-Chairman [1]
CEO Thomas Smith [1]
President Thomas Smith [1]
General manager Ruston Webster
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt
Team history
Championships

League championships (2)

Conference championships (1)

  • AFC: 1999

Division championships (9)

  • AFL East: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1967
  • AFC Central: 1991, 1993, 2000
  • AFC South: 2002, 2008
Playoff appearances (21)
  • AFL: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1969
  • NFL: 1978, 1979, 1980, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008
Home fields

The Tennessee Titans are a professional American football team and one of the 32 franchises of the National Football League (NFL). Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the Titans are members of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC). Previously known as the Houston Oilers, the team began play in 1960 in Houston as a charter member of the American Football League. The Oilers won the first two AFL championships, and joined the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL Merger in 1970.

The team relocated from Texas to Tennessee in 1997, and played at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis for one season. They moved to Nashville in 1998 and played in Vanderbilt Stadium. For those two years, the team was known as the Tennessee Oilers, and changed its name to "Titans" in 1999. The team plays at LP Field in Nashville, which opened in 1999 as Adelphia Coliseum. The Titans' training facility is at Saint Thomas Sports Park,[2] a 31-acre (13 ha) site at the MetroCenter complex, located just north of downtown Nashville, about 5 miles (8 km) from LP Field.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Logos and uniforms 2
  • Season-by-season records 3
  • Players of note 4
    • Current roster 4.1
    • Retired numbers 4.2
    • Pro Football Hall of Famers 4.3
    • Titans/Oilers Hall of Fame 4.4
  • Coaches of note 5
    • Head coaches 5.1
    • Current staff 5.2
  • Radio and television 6
    • Radio Affiliates 6.1
      • Tennessee 6.1.1
      • Alabama 6.1.2
      • Arkansas 6.1.3
      • Kentucky 6.1.4
      • Mississippi 6.1.5
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

History

Logos and uniforms

Houston/Tennessee Oilers logo, depicting an oil rig derrick, used prior to 1999.
Tennessee Oilers uniform: 1997–98

When the team debuted as the Houston Oilers in 1960, the club's logo was an oil rig derrick. Except for minor color changes throughout the years, this logo remained the same until the team was renamed the Titans in 1999. The logo was originally called "Ol' Riggy," but this was dropped before the start of the 1974 season.

The Oilers uniforms consisted of blue or white jerseys, red trim, and white pants. From 1966 through 1971, the pants with both the blue and white jerseys were silver, to match the color of the helmets. The team commonly wore light blue pants on the road with the white jerseys from 1972 through 1994, with the exception of the 1980 season, and selected games in the mid 80s, when the team wore an all-white road combination. For selected games in 1973 and 1974, and again from 1981 through 1984, the Oilers wore their white jerseys at home. The light blue pants were discarded by coach Jeff Fisher in 1995.

From 1960 to about 1965 and from 1972 to 1974, they wore blue helmets; from 1966 to 1971, the helmets were silver; and they were white from 1975 to 1998.

During the 1997–98 period when they were known as the "Tennessee Oilers", the team had an alternate logo that combined elements of the flag of Tennessee with the derrick logo. The team also wore their white uniforms in home games, as opposed to their time in Houston, when their blue uniforms were worn at home – in the two years as the Tennessee Oilers, the team only wore their colored jerseys twice, for road games against the Miami Dolphins and a Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys.

When the team was renamed the Titans, the club introduced a new logo: A circle with three stars, similar to that found on the flag of Tennessee containing a large "T" with a trail of flames similar to a comet. The uniforms consist of white helmets, red trim, and either navy or white jerseys. White pants are normally worn with the navy jerseys, and navy pants are worn with the white jerseys. On both the navy and white jerseys, the outside shoulders and sleeves are light "Titans Blue". In a game vs. the Washington Redskins in 2006, the Titans wore their navy jerseys with navy pants for the first time.

Since 2000, the Titans have generally worn their dark uniforms at home throughout the preseason and regular season. They have worn white at home in daytime contests for a few occasions in September home games to gain an advantage with the heat except in the 2005, 2006, and 2008 seasons.

The Titans introduced an alternate jersey in 2003 that is light "Titans Blue" with navy outside shoulders and sleeves. That jersey is usually worn with the road blue pants. When it was the alternate jersey from 2003 to 2007, the Titans wore the jersey twice in each regular season game (and once in the preseason). They would always wear the "Titans Blue" jersey in their divisional game against the Vince Young appeared in this uniform in the cover art for the Madden NFL 08 video game.

During the 2006 season, the Titans wore seven different uniform combinations, pairing the white jersey with all three sets of pants (white, Titans blue, navy blue), the navy jersey with the white and navy pants, and the Titans blue jersey with navy and Titans blue pants. In a 2007 against the Atlanta Falcons, the Titans paired the navy blue jersey with the Titans blue pants for the first time, a game which they won. They also did the navy blue jerseys with the light blue pants against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but they lost that game. The team paired the Titans blue jerseys with the white pants for the first time on November 14, 2013 in a home game against the Indianapolis Colts.

In 2008, the "Titans Blue" jerseys became the regular home uniforms, with the navy blue jerseys being relegated to alternate status,[3] but not worn until 2013 — see below.

In 2009, The NFL and Hall of Fame committee announced that the Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills would kick-off the 2009 National Football League preseason in the Hall of Fame Game. The game, played on Sunday, August 9, 2009 at Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium, was nationally televised on NBC. The Titans defeated the Bills by a score of 21–18.[4] In honor of the AFL's 50th anniversary, the Titans wore Oilers uniforms for this game. Also in 2009, the team honored former quarterback Steve McNair by placing a small, navy blue disc on the back of their helmets with a white number 9 inside of it (9 was the number McNair wore during his time with the Oilers/Titans).

From 2008–2012, the Titans did not wear an alternate jersey during any regular season games, until 2013, in which the team wore the navy blue jerseys twice in honor of the 15th anniversary as the "Titans."[5] The Titans will wear white jerseys for all games in 2014, for the exception of an October 26 game vs. the Houston Texans, in which the Titans wore their navy blue uniforms.[6]

Beginning in 2015, the navy blue jerseys will become the team's primary colored jersey. Tommy Smith, who was hired as the Titans' president and CEO following the death of longtime owner Bud Adams in 2013, is not a fan of the light "Titans Blue" design that had been the team's primary jersey color from 2008–2014.[7]

Season-by-season records

Players of note

Current roster

Retired numbers[8]

Player Position Years played
1 Warren Moon QB 1984–93
9 Steve McNair QB 1995-2005
34 Earl Campbell RB 1978–84
43 Jim Norton S, P 1960-68
63 Mike Munchak OG 1982–93
65 Elvin Bethea DE 1968–83
74 Bruce Matthews OL 1983–2001

Pro Football Hall of Famers

Inductee Class Position Seasons
Baugh, SammySammy Baugh 1963 Coach 1964
Bethea, ElvinElvin Bethea 2003 Defensive End 1968–1983
Blanda, GeorgeGeorge Blanda 1981 Quarterback/ Kicker 1960–1966
Campbell, EarlEarl Campbell 1991 Running Back 1978–1984
Casper, DaveDave Casper 2002 Tight End 1980–1983
Culp, CurleyCurley Culp 2013 Defensive Tackle 1974–1980
Gillman, SidSid Gillman 1983 Coach 1973–1974
Houston, KenKen Houston 1986 Safety 1967–1972
Johnson, John HenryJohn Henry Johnson 1987 Fullback 1966
Joiner, CharlieCharlie Joiner 1996 Wide Receiver 1969–1972
Matthews, BruceBruce Matthews 2007 Offensive Line 1983–2001
Moon, WarrenWarren Moon 2006 Quarterback 1984–1993
Munchak, MikeMike Munchak 2001 Offensive Guard
Coach
1982–1993
2011–2013

Titans/Oilers Hall of Fame

Bud Adams established the Titans/Oilers Hall of Fame after the 40th season of the franchise to honor past players and management.[9]

Name Position Years Inducted
Elvin Bethea Defensive end 1968–1983 December 9, 1999
George Blanda Quarterback/Kicker 1960–1966 December 9, 1999
Earl Campbell Running back 1978–1984 December 9, 1999
Mike Holovak General manager 1989–1993 December 9, 1999
Ken Houston Safety 1967–1972 December 9, 1999
Mike Munchak Guard 1982–1993 December 9, 1999
Jim Norton Punter 1960–1968 December 9, 1999
Bruce Matthews Offensive lineman 1983–2002 December 8, 2002
Warren Moon Quarterback 1984–1993 October 1, 2007
Bud Adams Owner and founder 1959–2013 September 7, 2008
Eddie George Running back 1996–2003 October 27, 2008
Steve McNair Quarterback 1995–2005 October 27, 2008
Frank Wycheck Tight end 1995–2003 October 27, 2008

Coaches of note

Head coaches

Current staff

Radio and television

The Titans' flagship radio station for several years was WKDF 103.3-FM. However WGFX 104.5-FM, the original Tennessee Oilers/Titans Radio flagship station, again serves as the Titans Radio flagship station since the 2010 season. Mike Keith is the team's play-by-play announcer, and former Titans tight end Frank Wycheck provides color commentary during games. Previous to Wycheck, Pat Ryan provided the color commentary. Larry Stone is also a part of the team, providing injury and scoring updates. The Titans Radio Network is broadcast on some 70 other stations.[11]

The team had long resisted placing any of its games on Sirius XM Radio.[12] According to the Titans Radio Network, this was because the Titans' contract with Citadel Broadcasting (parent of both WKDF and WGFX) predated the arrival of satellite radio, thus there was no provision for the NFL to reserve satellite-radio rights.[13] But in 2011, the Titans were able to extend their agreement with existing radio partners while creating a provision allowing home games to be broadcast on SiriusXM. They were the final team in the NFL to reach such a deal.[14]

Most preseason games are televised on WKRN, the ABC affiliate in Nashville. WKRN also airs a weekly show on Tuesday nights. The show, called 'Titans on 2', was most recently hosted by Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt and WKRN anchors Cory Curtis and Audra Martin. The show is an opportunity for the coach to talk about the team's latest matchup and looks forward to the upcoming game.

For regular season games, WTVF, the CBS affiliate for Nashville is the main station airing them. WZTV, FOX affiliate if they host an NFC team, WSMV, NBC for Sunday Night Football broadcasts, and WKRN, ABC for simulcasts of ESPN's Monday Night Football.

Radio Affiliates

Tennessee

Titans Radio Affiliates in Tennessee
City Call Sign Frenquency
Bristol WXSM 640 AM
Camden WFWL 1220 AM
Camden WRJB 95.9 FM
Carthage WUCZ 104.1 FM
Centerville WNKX-FM 96.7 FM
Chattanooga WGOW 1150 AM
Chattanooga WGOW-FM 102.3 FM
Clarksville WJZM 1400 AM
Cleveland WCLE-FM 104.1 FM
Columbia WMCP 1280 AM
Cookeville WBXE 93.7 FM
Dickson WDKN 1260 AM
Dyersburg WASL 100.1 FM
Fayetteville WYTM-FM 105.5 FM
Franklin WAKM 950 AM
Jackson WZDQ 102.3 FM
Knoxville WOKI 98.7 FM
Lawrenceburg WDXE 1370 AM
Lawrenceburg WKSR-FM 106.7 FM
Lebanon WCOR 1490 AM
Lebanon WANT 98.9 FM
Lewisburg WAXO 1220 AM
Manchester WMSR 1320 AM
Martin WCMT-FM 101.3 FM
McMinnville WOWC 105.3 FM
Memphis WMC 790 AM
Memphis WMFS-FM 92.9 FM
Morristown WCRK 1150 AM
Nashville WGFX 104.5 FM
Paris WRQR 1000 AM
Paris WMUF 104.7 FM
Pulaski WDXE-FM 98.3 FM
Shelbyville WZNG 1400 AM
Union City WQAK 105.7 FM
Waverly WQMV 1060 AM
Winchester WCDT 1340 AM

Alabama

Titans Radio Affiliates in Alabama
City Call Sign Frenquency
Arab WAFN-FM 92.7 FM
Birmingham WJOX-FM 94.5 FM
Florence WQLT-FM 107.3 FM
Huntsville WUMP 730 AM
Huntsville WVNN 770 AM
Huntsville WVNN-FM 92.5 FM
Madison WUMP 103.9 FM
Scottsboro WWIC 1050 AM

Arkansas

Titans Radio Affiliates in Arkansas
City Call Sign Frenquency
Stuttgart KWAK-FM 105.5 FM

Kentucky

Titans Radio Affiliates in Kentucky
City Call Sign Frenquency
Bowling Green WWKU 1450 AM
Bowling Green WPTQ 105.3 FM
Calvert City WCCK 95.7 FM
Campbellsville WTCO 1450 AM
Elizabethtown WTHX 101.5 FM
Henderson WSON 860 AM
Hopkinsville WKDZ-FM 106.5 FM
Madisonville WWKY 97.7 FM
Mayfield WNGO 1320 AM
Owensboro WVJS 1420 AM
Owensboro WXCM 97.1 FM
Paducah WKYX 570 AM
Paducah WPAD 1560 AM
Princeton WAVJ 104.9 FM

Mississippi

Titans Radio Affiliates in Mississippi
City Call Sign Frenquency
Jackson WPBQ 1240 AM

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Walker, Teresa M. (29 October 2013). "Adams' Family Names Son-in-Law Titans' President/CEO". Tennessee Titans. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  2. ^ """Titans Practice Facility Renamed "Saint Thomas Sports Park. TitansOnline.com (Official site of the Tennessee Titans). 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  3. ^ "Titans Decide To Change Their Home Uniform". Bleacher Report. 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Hall Release » Bills vs. Titans in 2009 Hall of Fame Game". Profootballhof.com. 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2009-08-12. 
  5. ^ Wyatt, Jim (July 27, 2013). "Titans to bring back navy blue".  
  6. ^ Kuharsky, Paul (November 21, 2014). "RTC: It's white the rest of the way for Titans".  
  7. ^ Wyatt, Jim (November 21, 2014). "Titans will stick with white jerseys".  
  8. ^ Tennessee Titans | Retired Jersey Numbers. Titansonline.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-03.
  9. ^ Tennessee Titans | Titans/Oilers Hall of Fame. Titansonline.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-03.
  10. ^ http://www.titansonline.com/team/administration.html
  11. ^ "Titans Radio Network". Tennessee Titans. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2009. 
  12. ^ Sirius XM Radio promotional material. Retrieved November 28, 2008.
  13. ^ "Titans Radio Contact Form & FAQ". Titans Radio Network. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  14. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/24642/at-long-last-titans-radio-goes-satellite

External links

  • Official website


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