There are single-digit days until the Titans play regular-season football. It is a season where there is so much to look forward to for the team and their fans. Let’s take a quick look back, shall we?
There are exactly 91 days until the 2021-2022 season kicks off for Tennessee, so I am spotlighting the best player to wear #91 in Titans franchise history. Derrick Morgan. Johnny Meads came in a close second for those who watched him play for the Houston Oilers.
Morgan was never the flashiest edge rusher, but he always worked his tail off. The 6’4″ defender compiled 44.5 sacks and 25 passes defended during his career. 54 tackles for loss may be the most impressive stat for Morgan, too. He was also a player that was very reliable. Once he was a full-time starter, he started 96 of 99 games over seven seasons.
— Austin Stanley (@AustinStanley81) September 17, 2018
The Georgia Tech star was a key cog in the Titans’ defensive line for years. He and Jurrell Casey became a couple of the most beloved defensive players for Tennessee fans. His teammates constantly raved about his leadership as well. Morgan did the same for them and never wanted the sole credit when the defense had success.
“Marcus Mariota is one of the best teammates I’ve ever been around.”
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) June 23, 2018
Morgan was a “lifer” with the Titans, spending his entire 9-year career with the team. Not to mention, he did so much for Tennessee on and off the field. Actually, he still is as well.
Morgan has done a lot of work with Opportunity Zones, real estate opportunities to invest in that help to supply better funding and education in locations. He described that Opportunity Zones, “revitalize these communities that are often overlooked and underserved. The whole point of the program is to get capital into these markets.” Specifically, he has done the most work with these in Nashville, Atlanta, Coatesville, and Austin. His college degree in business management is definitely paying off.
After retiring, he said he would be giving back to communities in need. Morgan has certainly accomplished that, and his work can still be seen today. Derrick Morgan should always be remembered for his career in football and life!
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