Kevin Mawae Hall of Fame speech: CJ2K, Titans get shoutout
NFL great Kevin Mawae was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night in Canton, Ohio, and he mentioned his former Tennessee Titans teammates, including running back Chris Johnson.
When former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson ran wild with an amazing 2,000-yard season back in 2009, now Hall of Fame center Kevin Mawae was blocking for him.
And don’t think Mawae forgot about that special season, either. In fact, he directly mentioned it in his Hall of Fame induction speech on Saturday night in Canton.
Mawae gave a shoutout to a bunch of his former teammates from each of the teams he played with during his career. More specifically, he gave Johnson a shoutout and mentioned him by his infamous nickname “CJ2K.”
Mawae also briefly spoke about how memorable the 2009 season was, which was his last in the NFL. You can watch Mawae’s Hall of Fame speech in its entirety here.
“And the rest of my Titans teammates: who can forget CJ2K? You all helped make my last year one to remember,” Mawae recalled.
Mawae was always a selfless player, and he displayed that once again during his enshrinement speech when he made sure to include his teammates. He made it perfectly clear that he could not have had the career he did on his own.
“We did this; Kevin didn’t do this, we all did this,” Mawae said, after he asked his former teammates to stand up near the end of his speech.
What a special moment for the 2009 team, and the Titans franchise in general, to get that kind recognition from one of the best centers to ever play in the NFL.
Mawae played four seasons with the Titans from 2006 through 2009 and finished his illustrious career strong. He was named to the Pro Bowl in both 2008 and 2009, and he was a First-Team All Pro in 2008.
Congratulations, Kevin. You deserve every bit of recognition you’re getting, and now your name will live forever in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.