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Tennessee Titans’ Mount Rushmore

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As the Tennessee Titans look to be on the rise, we’re taking this time to acknowledge the greatness that has worn the different shades of blue over the years.

Former Heisman trophy winner, Marcus Mariota, has tons of expectations dawned upon him, but even if he manages to capture lofty accolades, it still may not be enough to surpass the legacy of the following all-time greats.

Steve McNair – Back in the 1995 NFL Draft, McNair was selected with the third-overall pick when the organization was still known as the Houston Oilers.

However, the Oilers were only around four more seasons after drafting McNair.

As soon as the franchise switched to the Titans, McNair experienced tremendous growth in his game. All three of McNair’s Pro Bowl appearances came as a Titan.

In 2003, McNair shared MVP honors with some guy named Peyton Manning.

While the Titans are still searching for that elusive Vince Lombardi Trophy, McNair and company were one yard away from potentially making it a reality against the formally known St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV.

No matter what happens in the future, McNair’s legacy will never be forgotten.

Eddie George – Remember when George was on the cover of Madden 2001?

Yes, it feels like a distant memory now, but his Titans legacy will never die.

Just like McNair, George spent a few seasons playing as a member of the Oilers before the franchise transitioned in 1999.

During his career, George appeared in four Pro Bowls, while receiving first team All-Pro honors in 2000.

Unfortunately, George’s career was hindered with injuries, but he still managed to finish with 10,441 rushing yards to go along with 68 career rushing touchdowns.

Bruce Matthews – Often times, we tend to overlook the impact guys upfront have on the game, but that’s not the case with hall of famer Bruce Matthews.

Nonetheless, how could you overlook arguably the best center to ever play the game?

Matthews spent his entire 19-year career with the organization, in which he landed a ridiculous 14 Pro Bowl appearances to go along with All-Pro honors 10 times.

For his heroic efforts on the gridiron, Matthews was named to the 1990s All-Decade Team.

Although Matthews has been away from the game for quite some time now, his nephew, Clay Matthews III and his son, Jake Matthews, are carrying the family name pretty darn well themselves.

Keith Bullock – The run of offensive players has come to an end.

You can make a case for defensive end Jevon Kearse obviously, Bullock gets the nod here as being the franchise’s best defensive player ever.

Bullock was the 30th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft.

In just year three, the 6-foot-3 tackling machine achieved All-Pro honors, which was his first of three times earning this accomplishment.

The following year, Bullock made the Pro Bowl for the first time.

With that being said, the former Syracuse alum’s all-around game separates him from so many. You could literally place him just about anywhere on the field and expect results.

For his Titans career, Bullock totaled 770 tackles, 15 forced fumbles, 69 defended passes, 19 interceptions and 18 sacks.

Not to mention after the 2002 season, Bullock didn’t miss a single game.

Not one.

Durability, playmaking ability and leadership cements “Bull” as a Titans legend.


About Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.