Top 50 Tennessee Titans

An original team in the American Football League, the Tennessee Titans, began their existence as the Houston Oilers.  

The Oilers were the first power of the league, winning the first two Championships and losing the third title game.  As the AFL merged with the NFL, the Oilers had flashes of greatness but were unable to make the Super Bowl.

The team would relocate to Nashville in 1997 and be rebranded the Tennessee Titans.  Though they have yet to win a Super Bowl, they did make one, losing SB XXXIV to the St. Louis Rams. 

This list is up to the end of the 2020 season.

Note: Football lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics, and post-season accolades.

The decision to make Bruce Matthews the greatest Oiler/Titan, was a very simple one.  Matthews is not only one of the most prolific Offensive Lineman in the last 50 years; he is also the most versatile and durable. Matthews was an iron man of sorts, playing an astounding 296 Regular Season Games (currently 14th all-time) and starting 293 of them.  Matthews, who was…

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Warren Moon was a star Quarterback at the University of Washington, but in the late 1970s, the NFL was not interested in black QBs.  Before the draft, Moon decided to sign with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, and he led them to five consecutive Grey Cups.  Moon’s performance north of the border caused a bidding war for his services…
Had it not been for Bruce Matthews, his longtime Offensive Linemate, Mike Munchak, would have easily been the best Lineman in franchise history, but second, to Matthews is nothing to be ashamed of. Munchak was a high First Round pick from Penn State in 1982, and after an injury-riddled and mediocre rookie year, Munchak settled in as their starting Left…
After winning the Heisman Trophy in 1977, there was little doubt that the Texas Longhorn would not be the number one pick in the Draft.  The Houston Oilers held that selection, and Campbell remained in the Lone Star State, where he was the top Running Back in football for a few years. As a rookie, Campbell led the NFL in rushing…
With the imposing nickname of "Dr. Doom," Robert Brazile was one of the first players from an HBCU to be a high First Round selection when the Houston Oilers took the Jackson State star sixth in 1975. Brazile instantly won the starting Right Outside Linebacker job for the Oilers and was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year.  A devastating tackler,…
George Blanda played for George Halas’ Chicago Bears in the 1950s, but Halas used him more as a Kicker than Quarterback, and a frustrated Blanda retired after the 1958 season.  When the American Football League formed, Blanda returned to the game, signing with the Houston Oilers, where he was able to prove that he belonged as a pivot all along. Blanda…
The University of Florida and other high-profile Division I programs coveted Steve McNair as a Running Back, but he wanted to play Quarterback, and he chose to play at Alcorn State in the SWAC.  McNair’s belief in his ability as a pivot was correct, as he dominated the conference and was so good that he was a Heisman Finalist and won…
Taken in the Third Round in 1968, Elvin Bethea generated colossal value for the Houston Oilers, the only team that the star from North Carolina A&T ever played for in his 210 Games as a pro. The powerful Defensive End would prove to be one of the top players at his position in the 1970s, going to eight Pro Bowls…
Eddie George broke out as an upper-end Running Back immediately as the former Ohio State Buckeye and Heisman Trophy winner won the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in the last year of the Houston Oilers' existence (1996).  That year, he rushed for 1,368 Yards, but that wasn't just the beginning; it was a pattern. George relocated with the team to…
Charley Hennigan went undrafted in both the NFL and AFL, but the Houston Oilers of the latter gave him a chance, and aren't they glad they did! The Wide Receiver managed 722 Yards as a rookie, and he is credited with scoring the first TD in Oilers history.  He was a large part of Houston getting to the AFL Championship and…
From the University of Kentucky, Bob Talamini would play his entire nine-year professional career in the American Football League.  The first eight of those campaigns were with the Houston Oilers, where the Left Guard was a six-time AFL All-Star (1962-67) who played his way into three First Team All-Pros.  The Oilers were one of the powers of the league, and…
Drafted 3rd Overall in the 1985 NFL Draft, the former Texas A&M Aggie was settling into a nice role where he played Defensive End for the Houston Oilers.  He did well and would go to his first Pro Bowl in 1988, but a switch from the 3-4 to 4-3 Defense forced Childress to move to Defensive Tackle, and it fit him…
Known for his brute strength, Curley Culp played the first half of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he helped them win Super Bowl IV.  He was traded to Houston during the 1974 Season, and it was in the state of Texas where he proved himself Canton worthy. In 1975, which was Culp's first full season in Houston, he…
One of the best offensive players that East Carolina ever produced, Chris Johnson was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the First Round and was immediately the team’s workhorse. Johnson was a Pro Bowler in his first three seasons, with his sophomore campaign (2009) proving to be special.  Named the Offensive Player of the Year, Johnson rushed for a league-leading 2,006…
From Prairie View A&M, Ken Houston was taken way back in the 9th Round of the 1967 Draft, and it could have been the biggest theft of that year's selection process.  Ironically, the Oilers would make the worst trade in franchise history when they sent him to Washington years later. The Safety was a starter as a rookie, beginning nine of his…
An original Oiler, Jim Norton mainly played off of the bench as a rookie, which was the year that Houston won the inaugural AFL Championship.  He would be a much more significant contributor in the years that followed. Norton was a starting Safety in his sophomore season, posting a career-high nine Interceptions.  The Oilers won the AFL Championship again, and Norton's performance…
Jurrell Casey was a First Team All-Pac 10 Selection at USC, and the Tennessee Titans chose the Defensive Lineman in the Third Round of the 2011 Draft. Casey became the starting Right Defensive Tackle as a rookie and moved to Defensive End in his fourth season.  The former Trojan was close to Pro Bowl worthy early in his career and likely should…
A product of Oklahoma State, Tony Banfield signed with the Houston Oilers of the American Football League, an easy decision as he was not drafted by any team in the NFL.  Banfield would win the starting job at Left Cornerback as a rookie, and he helped the Oilers win the inaugural AFL Championship. Following that success, Banfield went on a three-year…
A star at Syracuse, Keith Bulluck was a late First Round Pick in 2000, where he was chosen by the Titans, who had big plans for the young Linebacker. Bulluck played primarily off of the bench in his first two years and would win the starting job at Right Linebacker in 2002.  He would regularly be among the league's top tacklers,…