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Myron Rolle at Rookie Camp

With the 207th pick, the Tennessee Titans select Myron Rolle, Safety Florida State University.  If you are as ardent a Titans fan as I, the sound of those words made your heart leap just as they did mine.  During the NFL Scouting Season Myron Rolle was one the most controversial players coming out of college, not because of any trouble he got himself into off the field but for his accomplishments in the classroom.  Anyone who has lived in the United States and even remotely turns to ESPN or the NFL Network for five minutes during the NFL Scouting Season, knows that Myron Rolle is the second Rhodes Scholar in NFL history and the first since Pat Haden in 1978.  Myron Rolle is also the cousin to former Titans Cornerback Samari Rolle who left the Titans during free agency and played for the Ravens up until last season. I expect to see Rolle win the starting Nickelback spot and groomed to replace Chris Hope in a few seasons.

Kevin Matthews is one of the fifteen undrafted free agents that the Titans signed

Matthews

Matthews at Titans Rookie Camp

following the 2010 NFL Draft.  If the last name seems familiar to you, it should.  Kevin’s father is none other then former Oiler/Titan great and Hall Of Fame Offensive Lineman Bruce Matthews.  Kevin was signed out of Texas A&M where he saw action in 33 games and started in 24 of them, helping to lead the Aggies revamped Offensive Line to 190.4 rushing yards per game.

Kevin was also an Honorable Mention All Big-12 selection and was in sights to win the Rimington Trophy which is awarded to the top Center in the country.  Look for Kevin to be a backup for the first few seasons of his career under the tutelage of Hall of Fame player Mike Munchak, the Titans Offensive Line coach, but with a family bloodline like his that includes his Grandfather Clay Matthews Sr (played in the 1950′s) Father, Uncle Clay Matthews II (Linebacker) and his Cousin Clay Matthews III (Linebacker for the Packers) he could see himself playing sooner if he proves to keep the bloodline talent running.

Keeping up with the Offensive Line is Nick Howell, son of former Oilers Offensive Lineman Pat Howell.  Nick is coming out of USC where he was a perennial backup starting only a handful of games when an injury would arise.  I look for Nick to be a camp body and a draft favor for his father Pat to help him get his feet wet in the NFL, however with the help of an injury and hardwork in camp, Nick could very well earn himself a 3rd string roster spot.

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  • TNTitan89

    There is a mentor relationship between Myron and Samari, but they are not cousins. Understandably, that has been falsely reported, but I have seen several stories over the last few weeks that clarify that. Both trace their family back to the same islands in the Bahamas, but their family relationship is very distant if anything. See this article for details:

    http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100507/SPORTS01/5070345/2080/SPORTS

    • http://titansized.com kent wilson

      TNTitan89, Myron has said in interviews that he and Samari are cousins. The Tennessean is a lousy publication that does not even have the professionalism to fact check their stories. i have several friends at the Tennessean and know this flaw first hand. I do not really feel like finding the link but listen to the draft night interview of Myron Rolle and he states he and Myron are cousins. I hope you enjoy the site and take care.

      • TNTitan89

        Those are pretty strong words about the Tennessean. Even if you feel that way, do you think it’s best to say something so inflammatory on your blog?

        I took a few seconds to find that interview on titansonline.com, and it pretty much confirms what Wyatt reported:

        —————

        (on if he’s close to Samari Rolle)

        We’re very close. We talk every day. We text and call every day. I’m very close to his family. I take care of his kids when I’m in town down there in Del Ray. I’ve been to several games in Baltimore. I’ve workout out with him at D1 in Nashville. It’s a very close relationship. He’s my mentor and distant cousin.

        (on how distant a cousin Samari is)

        I’m not exactly sure. His family is from Exaumus, Bahamas and my family is from there as well. It’s a very small island off the coast of Nassau. We call each other cousins when we have a chance.

        ————

        Myron basically admits that they “call each other cousins” but have nothing more in common than the fact that they can both trace their families back to the same island. If you and I can both trace our families back to England, does that make us cousins?

        So I guess it comes down to how you want to define “cousin.” If you mean that their parents are siblings, they are not cousins. If you mean that they are good friends with the same last name that like to call themselves cousins, then they are cousins like Steve was Vince’s “pop.” That’s fine and good, but I took the point of your post to be that there are new Titans who are closely related to former franchise members.

        Sorry to be nit-picky.

  • http://titansized.com kent wilson

    PS: the info in this article was gathered from personal interviews between myself and the player and from titansonline.com