- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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Before training camps kick off, a number of players and some coaches will pay tribute to people who helped them make it to the NFL as part of the AFC South Blog’s summer series: “Early Influence.”
Vincent Fuller, Titans defensive back
“My freshman and sophomore years of high school there was a JV coach by the name of Rod Plummer who basically taught me how to play the quarterback position. I went to college because I played quarterback well in high school, then I eventually learned how to play DB.”
“It was learning route concepts, learning how to read safeties and things like that. He paid attention to each and every detail and I see a lot of that in my football game. When I study film I try to pay so much attention to detail and see those same things replicate themselves on Sunday…
“He taught me about learning how to do things correctly and then repeating them over and over. You need things to become second nature. Once you learn how to do things correctly, you get that routine and just stick to it. That carries on Tuesday through Saturday in those preparation periods. I have a similar routine to get prepared.
“Every time I get back home I have a chance to see him. I always thank him when I see him, but as far as how he inspired me at such a young age to pay attention to detail, I’m not sure I ever told him that. Without him, I’m going to venture to say I wouldn’t be here.”