Old school mentality continues to rule among the majority of Tennessee Titans enthusiasts. With 57 of the 117 votes (48.72 percent), Steve McNair enjoys a lopsided victory as the Greatest Tennessee Titan. His closest competition came from Chris Johnson (18 votes), Eddie George (13 votes) and Bruce Matthews (12 votes).
Does this mean that Johnson is the Second-Greatest Titan? Although Johnson finished in second place, he probably wouldn’t receive more votes than George in a head-to-head “Who is the Greater Titan” matchup. The thing with Johnson is that he’s a “love him or hate him” type of player. After reviewing conversations on Twitter, it was obvious that many McNair voters had George as their No. 2 option. Johnson may have the better chance at No. 1 votes but George would have the advantage at getting his face on Mount Rushmore (most top four votes).
If an eight-player tournament were used and a first-round matchup involved No. 2 Johnson vs. No. 7 Jevon Kearse, who would fans support as the Greater Titan? While Johnson has the 18-2 advantage in this Royal Rumble style of polling, Kearse should enjoy a closer battle in a head-to-head format.
Along with assistant editor / lead columnist Josh Gunnels and senior analyst Shawn Eagle, we chose McNair as the Greatest Titan. Despite numerous injuries, McNair carried this franchise on his back during the early 2000s. His toughness and determination are what fans should desire in all future Titans representatives. Who knows where this franchise and the fan base would stand at if McNair weren’t around when this team relocated.
Any surprises from this poll? How about Bruce Matthews receiving 12 votes after serving just three seasons as a player and three seasons as an offensive line coach as a member of the Titans, not Houston Oilers?