You may not know this, but Tennessee Titans linebacker Jayon Brown is a bigger football fan than you think. Wait, not that football. Ahem, European football, or soccer, as they call it in the states. Brown attended a Major League Soccer game last Saturday night where he was Nashville SC’s biggest hype man.
Nashville played FC Cincinnati at home in Nissan Stadium and extended their unbeaten home record with a 3-0 victory. Brown was there to revel in the glory, and he was cheering on his team all night long.
Clad in Nashville SC’s neon yellow colors complete with a matching headband, scarf, and jersey, Brown stood front and center in the stands leading stadium chants for the Nashville side. You just can’t hide that kind of passion for the game.
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Brown’s method of motivation was just a tad more family-friendly than what teammate Taylor Lewan did at a Nashville Predators game a few months ago.
The 26-year-old linebacker almost left Tennessee in free agency this offseason, but he returned to Nashville on a one-year $5.3 million deal. With the food, the culture, the music, and of course, the sports scene – how on Earth could he ever leave?
Tennessee Titans player Jayon Brown gets crazy for soccer
Brown may be a soccer fan at heart, but football is his true calling. He’s been making a name for himself in Tennessee ever since he earned a full-time starter role in 2019, when he recorded the third-best pass-rush grade (86.6) and fourth-best coverage grade (84.5) among all linebackers in the NFL.
Last season, Brown missed the final six games of the year but still finished in the top five on the Titans in tackles (76), led the team with two fumble recoveries, and ranked second with eight pass breakups.
Brown told the Nashville Post back in March: “I can’t tell the future, but Tennessee is a place I’ve grown to love, coming from southern California. I am so comfortable with the city, and our program, and I know what is expected out of me, being a leader, being a playmaker, being a great tackler.”
Whether he’s chanting at soccer games or tearing apart offenses on the football field, it looks like Brown is here to stay.
He enters his fifth season as a Titan in 2021, and if he keeps up his production, the crowds of Nashville will soon chant his name.