Tennessee Titans: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Keith Bulluck, Tennessee Titans
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35. . LB. (2000-09). Keith Bulluck. 17. player

  • First-Team All-Pro (2003)
  • Pro Bowl (2003)
  • 2x Second-Team All-Pro (2002, 2007)
  • 1,056 career combined tackles w/Titans

Keith Bulluck absolutely cracks the top-30, coming in at No. 17 on this all-time list. Bulluck first came to Nashville in the year after the Titans made it to the Super Bowl. He was a late first-round pick by the Titans in the 2000 NFL Draft out of Syracuse.

After playing in a rotational role during his first two years in the league, Bulluck emerged as a starter in year three in 2002. That would prove to be huge for Bulluck’s career and the Titans. He made 125 combined tackles in 16 games for Tennessee.

The next season would prove to be Bullock’s best of his NFL career. Bulluck made his first and only career trip to the Pro Bowl, as he recorded 135 combined tackles. He also earned a spot on the All-Pro First-Team for his stellar play that fall.

Six times did Bulluck have over 100 combined tackles in a season for the Titans in his decade-long stint in Nashville. Keep in mind that he didn’t start for most of his first two years in the league. In 2004, Bulluck led the NFL tackles with 152.

Overall, Bulluck would be the heart of the Titans defense for the entire 2000s. He amassed 1,056 career combined tackles in 10 seasons with the team. Bulluck also had 19 interceptions, 18.0 quarterback sacks and 15 forced fumbles during his time with the Titans. Simply put, he did a little bit of everything in the middle of the Tennessee defense.

However, Bulluck would not prove to be a career Titan. He spent his final NFL season with the 2011 New York Giants before retiring at the age of 33. Given that he played mostly in a rotational role with New York, he might have been better served just to hang up the spikes with Tennessee the offseason prior. Regardless, Bulluck was a great player for the Titans during their first decade in Nashville.