Terry McCormick of TitansInsider posted an interview with Tennessee Titans’ Will Witherspoon a couple of days ago discussing Will Witherspoon’s new role on the team as a mentor to one of the leagues youngest linebacker groups.
I haven’t been doing this for 11 years for no reason. I’m bound to have done something right,” Witherspoon said. “So I try to tell them the best avenues to take and the best way to approach situations and put that in their hands. Here’s how you do this. Do this, this way, and you just try to establish ground rules for how to be a better pro.”
I’ve always liked Witherspoon’s attitude. I remember when he first came to the Titans I was fairly excited as the Titans had just let Keith Bulluck go via free agency and the LB position felt a little naked. Witherspoon has been a pretty solid player in the NFL for the past decade and it’s really quite surprising he hasn’t stuck with one team as the Titans are his fourth so far.
Witherspoon mentions how his mentors set the ground work out for him during his rookie year and he’s just trying to repay the favor by passing it on to the next generation.
You’ve got to pay it forward for your team, because if you just try and trash a guy and don’t help him to help him become a pro, you’re only hurting everyone else around him. You’re hurting the organization. You’re hurting yourself and you’re hurting the team. You’ve got to build those guys and help them be the best possible player they can.”
He’s a good guy and you’ve got to hope that even after Zach Brown surpasses him on the depth chart, whenever that time may come, that the Titans still save room on the roster for Witherspoon. He’s earned it after all these years in the league, not to mention the fact that he’s still a pretty good player and just 31 years old.
He’s a veteran leader who keeps that positive vibe and attitude the Titans are trying to build in the locker room. I hope he stays a Titan for years to come.
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