— Alterraun Verner (@Alvern_1) January 21, 2014
This is one tweet that deserves a little recognition.
Alterraun Verner, the 2010 draft pick of the Tennessee Titans, is officially headed to his first Pro Bowl. Needless to say, the selection was warranted.
Just to wrap up his season with a few statistics for you, Verner finished the year with five interceptions. He returned one of those for a touchdown and remained a lone bright spot on the Titans’ defense (with no disrespect to Bernard Pollard). He now has 11 career interceptions, and if he decides to resign with Tennessee in the offseason, you can expect that number to go up starting next year.
Verner has been a pro for four years, but he’s just being recognized for his efforts — the trip to the Pro Bowl is the icing on the cake. This is often the case with the Titans: a young player develops into a game-changing talent, then they let him go. If the franchise works hard to retain Verner (and others like Pollard) this summer, they may be doing the right thing for the first time in what seems like a decade.
Keep your fingers crossed. Depending on how this plays out, next season might not be a complete wash-out.