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Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Pacman missed out: Titans win player development award

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

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Much has been made of how Adam Jones is now in the perfect situation because the Dallas Cowboys provide unparalleled player assistance programs.

Today, the league let everyone in on a secret -- it turns out there were plenty of resources for him in Tennessee, too.

The team and its director of player development, Tina Tuggle, have won the 2007 NFL Player Development Outstanding Player Assistance Services Award "for their excellence in developing programs and services to support players in their off-the-field development."

Tuggle took over the post last summer as Marcus Robertson moved on to Jeff Fisher's staff as assistant defensive backs coach.

Under the conditions of Jones' suspension, he was to meet with her once a week. Jones was traded to Dallas in April.

In her first year on the job, Tuggle incorporated local clinicians into the players' counseling program, held a life skills program for wives and was instrumental in hiring and training a mental health consultant to work with players in their lives off the field.

Players who take advantage of the resources she makes available regularly rave about her. While the Titans may not assign 24-hour baby-sitters, this award confirms they do a pretty good job of helping players in any way they can.