Friday, December 27, 2013
Pro Bowl selections: Tennessee Titans
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner is the team’s first Pro Bowl selection since 2010.
As of now, he’s going alone.
Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey has had a Pro Bowl season too. He ranks as second alternate at his position and has a chance to be part of the game if someone ahead of him is injured or plays in the Super Bowl.
He lost out to Gerald McCoy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens, Dontari Poe of the Kansas City Chiefs, Justin Smith of the San Francisco 49ers, Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions and Kyle Williams of the Buffalo Bills.
The cornerbacks in addition to Verner are Brandon Flowers of the Chiefs, Brent Grimes of the Miami Dolphins, Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns, Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals, Darrelle Revis of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks and Aqib Talib of the New England Patriots.
The Titans passed out quotes from Verner, who has just one game left in the fourth and final year of his rookie contract.
“It is a huge honor,” Verner said. “It is something that everybody in my family, we used to watch the game and admire the people that make it. So to know that I am going to be a part of it and that only a special group of people make this game is very exciting. It is a good cap-off to the season and I am excited to be able to represent the Titans.”
Verner said coach Mike Munchak and general manager Ruston Webster called him this afternoon with the news. The teams will be drafted by Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice instead of playing AFC versus NFC.
“I would like to say “thank you” to the fans and to Titans Nation that voted for me and tried to help me out,” Verner said. “I want to thank the coaches for allowing me to contribute the way I was able to contribute. Again to my teammates as well. This is not an individual sport at all. This wasn’t an ‘I’ award or an ‘I’ honor, I didn’t make this happen, everyone had a hand in it. I am appreciative, overwhelmed and very excited.”
Receiver Kendall Wright has been the Titans best offensive player. But he lost out to a group of qualified guys with bigger numbers. Of the eight, seven ranked higher in at least two of three categories -- catches, yards and touchdowns -- than Wright.
Click here for the complete Pro Bowl roster.