Tennessee Titans: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Kyle Vanden Bosch, Tennessee Titans
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35. . DE. (2005-09). Kyle Vanden Bosch. 18. player

  • 3x Pro Bowl (2005, 2007, 2009)
  • 38.5 career quarterback sacks w/Titans
  • 268 career combined tackles w/Titans
  • 14 career forced fumbles w/Titans

Kyle Vanden Bosch didn’t begin his NFL career with the Titans, nor did he end it with them. That being said, the former Blackshirt of the Nebraska Cornhuskers had his best five seasons in the NFL in the Music City with Tennessee.

Vanden Bosch was a former second-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2001 NFL Draft. While his first four years in the league were spent in the Arizona desert, they were largely unsuccessful. Vanden Bosch managed just 4.0 quarterback sacks in 35 games with the Cardinals in three seasons. He missed the entire 2003 NFL season with a torn ACL.

However, things improved for the better for Vanden Bosch once he made his way to Nashville in 2005. He made his first of three career trips to the Pro Bowl in Titans uniform that season. Vanden Bosch set career highs with 12.5 quarterback sacks, four forced fumbles and 65 combined tackles.

This was advantageous for Vanden Bosch, who was playing on a one-year deal at that time. This would lead to him inking a four-year deal with the Titans, where he would close out his prime. Vanden Bosch made two more trips to the Pro Bowl in Titans uniform in 2007 and 2009. He again went over 10 sacks in a season in 2007 with 12.0.

Overall, Vanden Bosch played in 74 games and made 74 starts for the Titans in his five years with the team. The Titans made the AFC playoffs in both 2007 and 2008. Obviously, he was a key part of their pass rush during the latter part of the Jeff Fisher era in Nashville.

Vanden Bosch would leave the Titans after the 2009 NFL season for the Detroit Lions. While he was still a productive player for the Lions, he never made it again to the Pro Bowl. He retired after the 2012 NFL season at the age of 34. Vanden Bosch amassed 38.5 of his 58.0 career quarterback sacks in Titans uniform over a five-year period.