These former Titans are nominees for Hall of Fame Class of 2021

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By Sam Hicks September 18, 2020 0 Comment
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Former Tennessee Titans Steve McNair, Eddie George, Derrick Mason, Lorenzo Neal, and Gary Anderson among Hall of Fame Nominees for 2021 class.

Amazing news as Tennessee Titan legends are now getting a shot at the biggest accomplishment, the Hall of Fame. Steve McNair, Eddie George, Derrick Mason, Lorenzo Neal, and Gary Anderson are the former Titan nominees for the Hall of Fame Nominees 2021 class. The stories left behind by these names are ones that we still talk about to this day. Building the Titans Nation into what it is today and they will forever live in Titans lore. Let’s go through the Hall of Fame Nominees 2021 class for the Titans.

Steve McNair

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Steve McNair, “Air McNair” was just flat out country strong. McNair was known for not liking to lift weights, but due to his farm life upbringing he seemed to just be flat out strong naturally. Born and raised in Mississippi he played his collegiate football at Alcorn State and won the Walter Peyton Award in 1994. Then the Houston Oilers selected McNair 3rd overall in the 1995 draft and he became the starter for the team in 1997, the teams’ first year in Tennessee.

McNair made the Pro Bowl three times and was Co-MVP in 2003, along side Peyton Manning. He became the first African American to win the MVP setting the stage for others like, Cam Newton, Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. McNair was the youngest in NFL history to pass for 20,000 yards while also rushing for 3,000. He played 13 seasons in his amazing career, primarily with the Titans, while also playing for the Baltimore Ravens in the twilight of his career.

Eddie George

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George, born in Philadelphia, played his college football at “THE” Ohio State University. He was so dominate in college he ran his way to a Heisman trophy in 1995. George ran for a school record 1,927 yards that year while averaging 148.23 yards a game! He was drafted by the Oilers in 1996 in the first round with a lot of expectations for the big back.

George did not disappoint as he won the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1996. Never missed a start through 2003, while still playing with injuries and carrying the load for the team at running back. From 1997-2000 Eddie made the Pro Bowl 4 consecutive seasons.George is only the second NFL running back to rush for 10,000 yards while never missing a start, joining Jim Brown. He officially retired in 2006 after a short time with the Dallas Cowboys.

Derrick Mason

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Derrick Mason was as consistent as it got when it came to the receiver position. Mason played 15 seasons in the league and remained productive for almost all of it. Born in Detroit, Mason stayed closed to home and played college football at Michigan State University. Drafted by Tennessee in the fourth round in the 1997 draft, Mason made the Pro Bowl in 2000 and 2003.

In the 2000 season, he led the NFL in punt return yards (662) while also catching 63 passes for 895 yards and returning 41 kickoffs for 1,132 yards (an NFL leading 27 yards per return average), giving him 2,690 combined receiving and special teams yards, breaking the NFL record for all purpose yards in a single season previously held by Lionel James(2,535). Mason signed with the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent in 2005, where he started all 16 games and set a then record in receptions with 86.On November 21, 2010, Mason caught his 900th reception, becoming the 13th receiver in NFL history to do so. In a 2010. Mason also played for the New York Jets and Houston Texans, before signing a one day contract with the Ravens to retire in 2012.

Lorenzo Neal

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There as not been a better fullback for the Tennessee Titans than Lorenzo Neal. Being able to play 16 seasons at such a physical position is unheard of. Neal was born in California and played his college football at Fresno State University. He was then drafted by the New Orlean Saints in the 1993 draft, joining the Titans in 1999. Neal blocked for a 1,000 yard rusher in eleven straight season from 1997 to 2007. Yes, you read that correctly!

In his first year with Tennessee he blocked for George ran for 1,304 yards. Neal was the fielder of one of the greatest plays in history, “The Music City Miracle” to help the Titans win a Wild Card game on their way to a Super Bowl berth. Neal earned four Pro Bowl nods in his career.

Gary Anderson

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It’s time to get Gary Anderson into the Hall of Fame. Anderson played 23 seasons with 6 teams, his final two with the Tennessee Titans in 2003 and 2004. In 1998 Anderson had a 100% field goal percentage going 35/35, which is absolutely incredible.Anderson set several records during his two decades in the league and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade teams of the 1980s and 1990s, as well as the Steeler All-Time Team.

At the time of his retirement, Anderson held the NFL records for points scored and field goals made. Anderson is the NFL’s third-leading all-time scorer with 2,434 points. The one bar face mask kicker was a staple of consistency in his long, successful career. Not making it in the Hall of Fame would be an absolute mistake by the voters.

Hopeful

Many incredible players have worn the Oiler/Titans jersey over the years of the storied franchise. These names not only set a standard for the team, but for the league in general. Legends deserve to be enshrined and celebrated immortally in Canton. We will know soon and definitely will see one of not more of these guys in the Hall of Fame.

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