NASHVILLE — Ran Carthon made a memorable entrance on his first day on the job.
After being named general manager of the Titans earlier in the week, Carthon received a rousing, celebratory welcome to Saint Thomas Sports Park when he walked through the doors on Thursday afternoon.
"I've never had a party this big," Carthon said as he flashed a big smile.
Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk then officially introduced Carthon, formerly director of player personnel with the San Francisco 49ers, to employees of the team.
Carthon, accompanied by his wife and children, seemed to be taken by surprise by the gathering, as members of the organization filled the lobby and lined the staircases of the recently renovated MetroCenter facility.
Carthon then addressed the crowd, and said he's ready to get to work.
"We are all here, rowing in the same direction," Carthon said, "and we all want to hoist the Lombardi (Trophy) one day. All of us play a part in that. So, I am here to do the work. I am willing to do the work. And I look forward to working with everybody."
Strunk, who led interviews with seven candidates since the end of the 2022 season, informed Carthon earlier this week he'd been chosen as the team's next GM.
"How do you feel about being the Titans general manager?," Strunk asked Carthon when delivering the news. "Well, we'd love to have you."
Carthon flew to California after his second interview in Nashville, and he returned with his family on Thursday.
After making a grand entrance, Carthon made the rounds in the building, going from the locker room to the team's indoor practice facility to the C.O. Brocato Draft room to his new office.
"The welcome, walking in," Carthon said. "It just makes everything that I thought when I met (for the interview) real, and it confirms this is a great place, and we're going to do some great things together here. I am excited."
Carthon will be introduced to Nashville media at his introductory press conference at noon Friday at STSP.
Go behind the scenes as Ran Carthon arrives in Nashville and tours Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park for the first time since being named the franchise's 14th General Manager.