Tennessee Titans

My All Time Favorite Tennessee Titans Players

Originally the Houston Oilers, the team moved to Tennessee in 1997. During their nearly 40 years in Houston, the Oilers had some of the best players in team history. The Houston years, however, were marked by many tough losses and teams that didn’t reach their potential. Even so, there were great players who were Oilers. From those Oiler years, superstars like Earl Campbell, Warren Moon and even current head coach Mike Munchak were Hall of Fame players who suited up for Houston. These three guys are considered some of the best players in Oilers/Titans history.

When the team moved to Tennessee, they weren’t devoid of talent. Great players like Steve McNair and Eddie George were starting to come of age and they were led by legendary Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews. The Titans reached the Super Bowl behind these players and Jevon Kearse, who is considered one of the best Titans pass rushers ever. Despite losing to the Rams, the game is considered one of the best Super Bowls in history even with the Titans falling a yard short.

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACKS

Warren Moon

Warren Moon - Tennessee Titans - Houston Oilers

1985 Topps #251 Rookie Card

 

Steve McNair

Steve McNair - Houston Oilers - Tennessee Titans

1995 Score Summit Edition #152 Rookie Card

RUNNING BACKS

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson - Tennessee Titans

2008 Score #348 Rookie Card

 

Eddie George

Eddie George - Tennessee Titans - Houston Oilers

1996 Upper Deck #14 Rookie Card

 

Earl Campbell

Earl Campbell - Houston Oilers - Hall of Fame - HOF

1979 Topps #390 Rookie Card

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Ernest Givens

Ernest Givens - Houston Oilers

1987 Topps #310 Super Rookie Card

 

Drew Hill

Drew Hill - Los Angeles Rams - Houston Oilers

1982 Topps #379 Rookie Card

 

Charlie Hennigan

Charlie Hennigan - Houston Oilers

1962 Fleer #48 Rookie Card

 

TIGHT ENDS

TE – Frank Wycheck (1995-2002)

Mike Barber

Mike Barber - Houston Oilers

1979 Topps #37 Rookie Card

 

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Brad Hopkins

Brad Hopkins - Houston Oilers

1994 Topps Finest #186 Rookie Star Card

 

OG – Bruce Mathews (1983-2001)

Carl Mauck

Carl Mauck - San Diego Chargers - Houston Oilers

1973 Topps #92 Rookie Card

 

Mike Muncak

Mike Muncak - Houston Oilers

1985 Topps #253 Rookie Card

 

Leon Gray

Leon Gray - New England Patriots - Houston Oilers

1977 Topps #188 Rookie Card

 

DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Elvin Bethea

Elvin Bethea - Houston Oilers

1970 Topps #43 Rookie Card

 

Ray Childress

Ray Childress - Houston Oilers

1986 Topps #357 Rookie Card

 

Curley Culp

Curley Culp - Kansas City Chiefs - Houston Oilers

1973 Topps #167 Rookie Card

 

DL – Javon Kearse (1999-2003)

 

LINEBACKERS

Robert Brazile

Robert Brazile - Houston Oilers

1976 Topps #424 Rookie Card

 

George Webster

George Webster - Houston Oilers

1970 Topps #120 Rookie Card

 

Al Smith

Al Smith - Houston Oilers

1988 Topps #113 Rookie Card

 

John Grimsley

John Grimsley - Houston Oilers

1987 Topps #315 Rookie Card

 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Cris Dishman

Cris Dishman - Houston Oilers

1991 Wild Card #143 Rookie Card

 

Willie Alexander

Willie Alexander - Houston Oilers

1973 Topps #253 Rookie Card

 

DB – Darryll Lewis (1991-1998)

Mike Reinfeldt

Mike Reinfeldt - Houston Oilers

1980 Topps #30 All Pro Rookie Card

 

Ken Houston

Ken Houston - Houston Oilers - Washington Redskins

1971 Topps #113 Rookie Card

 

S – Jim Norton (1960-1968)

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

K – Al Del Greco (1991-2000)

P – Greg Montgomery (1988-1993)

PR – Derrick Mason

Derrick Mason - Tennessee Oilers - Tennessee Titans

1997 Fleer Ultra #328 Rookie Card

 

KR – Billy “White Shoes” Johnson

Billy "White Shoes" Johnson - Billy Johnson - White Shoes - Houston Oilers

1976 Topps #223 Rookie Card

 

NICKNAME

  • After playing two seasons as the Tennessee Oilers, team owner Bud Adams formed an advisory committee to research names and a “Guess the Name” contest to gain additional feedback was also held. The committee selected Titans citing the desire to have a nickname that reflected “strength, leadership and other heroic qualities.”

TEAM NAMES

  • Houston Oilers (1960-1996)
  • Tennessee Oilers (1997-1998)
  • Tennessee Titans (1999-Present)

HEAD COACHES

  • Jeff Fisher (1997-2010)
  • Mike Munchak (2011-2013)
  • Ken Whisenhunt (2014-2015)
  • Mike Mularkey (2015-Present)

SUPER BOWL CHAMPION

  • None

SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES

  • Super Bowl XXXIV (1999) – Tennessee Titans vs. St. Louis Rams

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

  • 1999, 2002

DIVISION CHAMPION

  • 2000, 2002, 2008

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES

  • 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008

PLAYOFF RECORD

  • 5-6 .455

HALL OF FAME PLAYERS

  • Bruce Matthews C (1983-2001)

RETIRED NUMBERS

  • 1 Warren Moon QB (1984-1993)
  • 9 Steve McNair QB (1995-2005)
  • 34 Earl Campbell RB (1978-1984)
  • 43 Jim Norton S (1960-1968)
  • 63 Mike Munchak G (1982-1993)
  • 65 Elvin Bethea DE (1968-1983)
  • 74 Bruce Matthews C (1983-2001)

PRO BOWL MVP

  • None

AWARDS

COACH OF THE YEAR

  • None

DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • 1999 Jevon Kearse DE

OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

  • 2006 Vince Young QB

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • None

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • 2009 Chris Johnson RB

NFL MVP

  • 2003 Steve McNair QB

SUPER BOWL MVP

  • None

 

The Tennessee Titans have been a fun team to watch since their inception after moving from Houston. The highs and lows of the team–and the players–the city has grown to love over the years. Fans remember the way the Coliseum shook after the “Music City Miracle” and the heartbreaking finish to Super Bowl XXXIV. Those are among the most memorable moments in the franchise’s history. Players like quarterback Steve McNair, running back Eddie George, and defensive end Jevon Kearse, all of whom quickly became household names in Tennessee.  Coach Jeff Fisher has overseen it all. He managed to keep his team together during the move from the Astrodome to the Liberty Bowl to Vanderbilt Stadium to the Coliseum, keeping the winning ways going through the twists and turns.

©MMXVI My All Time Favorites, all pictures and logos, team names are property of the National Football League. This site is not affiliated with the NFL or Tennessee Titans.  All Football Cards are low resolution scans from a personal collection and each is credited with the production company name and year.  This site is maintained for research purposes only.

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