When you think about a player, is there one play in particular that stands out?
I was thinking the other day that there are some players who will be best remembered for one particular play. Following are the Titans that fall into that category for me, along with the plays I’ll best remember them by.
Kerry Collins – He hit a bomb to Roydell Williams which set up Rob Bironas’ eighth field goal of the day to beat the Texans.
Vince Young – Another play in Houston, Vince ran about forty yards for a touchdown to win the game in overtime.
LenDale White – Who would have believed he could run 80 yards? Even more miraculously, none of the Chiefs could catch him.
Chris Johnson – In his first professional game, he ran for a long touchdown against the Rams in preseason. I’ll remember that for two reasons. First, as soon as he blew through the hole, everybody wanted to see how fast he was and if he would score. Second, I remember thinking he really could be the big-play weapon the Titans needed.
Alge Crumpler – He didn’t catch many passes in his first year as a Titan, but the game-winner he caught to beat Ray-Ray and the Ratbirds was huge.
Bo Scaife – Three years ago in Miami, he stretched out full length for an over the shoulder touchdown catch. I also remember that Dan Marino, who was doing the halftime highlights on TV, used two syllables to pronounce his last name.
Justin Gage – I’ll best remember him for his touchdown against the Steelers last season. He held on to the ball despite a big hit from Troy Polamalu.
David Stewart – OK, I had to get an offensive lineman in there. In Philadelphia a few years ago, Stewart hustled 30 yards downfield, probably hoping to block somebody, but when the Titans fumbled, he was there to recover the ball.
Kyle Vanden Bosch – KVB ran down Warrick Dunn of the Falcons on the one-yard line late in the fourth quarter two years ago. If Dunn had scored, Atlanta would have tied the game, sending it into overtime. Who knows what could have happened after that? Instead, the Falcons had the ball with a first and goal on the one. The Titans held to preserve a 20-13 victory in which KVB was certainly an unsung hero.
Albert Haynesworth – Just one play after KVB’s play, Big Al made his famous leap over the Falcons line to hit Byron Leftwich, forcing a fumble. How a 350-pound man can leap over an o-lineman is hard to believe if you don’t see it for yourself. Keith Bulluck nicknamed Albert “Bullfrog” for that play.
Tony Brown – I’ll probably remember him best for his scoop and score, just before halftime in one of the games against the Texans.
Jevon Kearse – Wow, so many plays to choose from. I guess I’ll have to select the safety in the Music City Miracle game.
Keith Bulluck – Once again, so many to select from. Probably the one that stands out most was his pick-six against the Cowboys on Christmas in 2000, his rookie year.
Stephen Tulloch – The first big play he made was his end-zone interception of Donovan McNabb, creating a touchback.
Cortland Finnegan – This may surprise you, but it’s not one of his touchdowns. I’ll always remember his first game, when he was the nickelback. Finnegan came on a blitz from the slot and hit Jets QB Chad Pennington hard enough to knock him one way and knock the ball the other way. I decided right then that this kid was a keeper.
Chris Hope – Unfortunately, this wasn’t a bright moment. My first thought of Hope will always be the time he injured his neck in Cincinnati and lay quivering on the ground. I guess a more pleasant thought would be about his pick-six which helped beat the Jaguars a few years ago.
Michael Griffin – His pick-six against the Steelers this last season was spectacular.
Rob Bironas – The 60-yard field goal to beat the Colts.
Those are the plays I best remember some of the Titans for. What about you? What plays do you best remember some of them for?