Avery Williamson Talks Football, Cartoons on Radio Row


HOUSTON – Avery Williamson made the rounds here Friday at Super Bowl's Radio Row.

The Titans linebacker stopped by the set of NFL Films, TuneIn Radio, USA Today, and the "Midday 180" show on Nashville's 104.5 The Zone, just to name a few. He even hit Nickelodeon, where the questions didn't necessarily focus on football.

"They were talking about mainly cartoons,'' Williamson said with a smile. "They wanted to know my favorite shows back in the day. It was pretty relaxed, and chill. I was big cartoon kid.

"My favorites? I would say Rocket Power or Hey Arnold!"

Williamson took plenty of questions about football the rest of the day, as he retraced some of the steps made by his teammates DeMarco Murray and Delanie Walker on Radio Row a day earlier.

"We talked about how good we did last year, and the good season we had,'' Williamson said. "They asked me about DeMarco and Marcus Mariota, and everything going so smooth for us and how we started to win games."

Williamson said he was thrilled to hear defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was coming back in 2017.

"He is a large part of the team, and to have him back, it's great,'' Williamson said. "We love him."

It's been a busy few days for Williamson, who led the Titans with 149 tackles in 2016.

He appeared on the Rachael Ray Show on Friday morning – a segment recorded on Wednesday – for the show's annual "Super Bowl Recipe Playoff." He made chicken wings and guacamole, with crab meat.

He's hung out with Hall of Fame receiver Andre Reed of the Buffalo Bills, and seen a lot of celebrities.

"Andre, that's my guy,'' Williamson said. "I don't think of him like, 'He's the guy with the gold jacket.' He's just a cool guy. … I did see T.O. walking through, and that was pretty cool seeing him. I heard Dwyane Wade was at a party last night, and I missed him. I was so upset about that. But I have seen some other Hall of Famers walking by."   

More than anything, of course, he wants to be in the Super Bowl city to play in the game.

"It is definitely an honor to be here, but I definitely want to be in the Super Bowl playing in the game,'' Williamson said. "I feel like with what we are building, we are going to have a chance. We could have done it this year. The NFL is so crazy, you never know what can happen.

"But I am excited about the upcoming season, and I am praying that everybody stays healthy. We have some really good players, and with the draft and free agency coming up, we are just going to keep getting better. I am definitely looking forward to this upcoming year. We want to get to the playoffs, win some games, and get to the Super Bowl."

QB Marcus Mariota, LB Avery Williamson, Titans alumni, cheerleaders and T-Rac were among those interacting with season ticket members on "Titans Tuesdays" at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Kayla Schoen)

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