Tennessee Titans agree to terms with All-American wrestling star
Fans of the Tennessee Titans know just as much as anyone else that the NFL is the most forward-thinking professional sports league on the planet. Heck, don’t they change a rule or two during every offseason?
Genius sometimes looks a little strange in the beginning, and the two-tone blue is flirting with an idea that will either wind up being one of the most ingenious moves of all time, or it will fizzle and be forgotten about in six months or so when we’re talking about the postseason.
Pull up a chair ladies and gentlemen. You’re going to love this one.
The Tennessee Titans agree to terms with All-American wrestler Adam Coon.
Do not adjust your monitors. This is not a drill. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. The Titans’ scouting staff has found a talented and decorated wrestler from the NCAA ranks.
They’ve pitched the idea to executive vice president and general manager Jon Robinson, and Tennessee has decided to put pen to paper on a new deal with Adam Coon, who racked up a 116-15 record while cutting his teeth with the Michigan Wolverines. The news was first reported by TennesseeTitans.com senior writer and editor Jim Wyatt.
Forgive those last few statements. At the time of this story being written, there’s been no word that this is how any of that transpired at all. That’s just how the Titan Sized staff worked it out in our heads when we began discussing this.
This one’s actually kind of cool though. We’ve seen NFL teams make football players out of basketball stars. We’ve seen football players become wrestlers (shout out to The Rock and Bill Goldberg). We’ve even seen the Philadelphia Eagles grab a rugby star and turn him into a capable tackle (Jordan Mailata), but this is a move that we haven’t seen much.
The six-foot-five and 300-pound Coon will compete for an interior offensive lineman position after earning a spot on the men’s Olympic wrestling team. Unfortunately, he failed to qualify, but he shouldn’t hold his head down about that. It’s the Olympic Games. Just being asked to try out should be viewed as an honor.
Not only is the NFL forward-thinking, but it’s also a copycat league. Don’t be surprised if this works and other teams follow suit. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.