Stops include Jackson, Huntingdon, Bruceton, Camden and Dickson
Along with six-time Pro Bowl mascot T-Rac and the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith, Jones starts the day with three visits to schools: 9:30 a.m. at Malesus Elementary School in Jackson, 11:15 a.m. at Huntingdon Primary School and 1:15 p.m. at Bruceton Central Elementary School.
The school program, which will be performed a total of 14 times before an estimated 15,000 children on this year's Caravan, will emphasize the need to stay healthy by exercising. In conjunction with the NFL's "Play 60" program, the Titans will campaign throughout 2009 to get kids to spend at least 60 minutes each day in active play or exercise. The crucial message will be delivered in hopes of making the current youth the most active and healthy generation ever. All school stops on the Caravan are closed to the general public.
The public is invited to the final two stops of the day. First, the Caravan heads to Camden for a 3 p.m. public autograph signing at Wendy's (120 Highway 641 North). Finally, the day concludes with a 5 p.m. stop at O'Charley's in Dickson (2409 Highway 46S). Each public stop is free and will last approximately one hour.
Jones, a second-round draft choice in 2008 from Eastern Michigan, was a significant contributor to the 13-3 Titans last season and is expected to assume an increased role in his second campaign. The 6-foot-5 defensive tackle accumulated 49 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles in 13 games as a rookie. His sack total ranked fourth in the NFL among all defensive tackles and first among rookie defensive linemen.
Titans Caravan XII will make a total of 44 stops over a span nine travel days. In addition to using the Caravan as a way to thank Titans fans throughout the Mid-South, this year's Caravan will celebrate the organization's 50th season in professional football.
Over the last 11 years, Titans Caravan has made nearly 600 stops, traveled approximately 50,000 miles and visited over 200 schools. The number of autographs signed and pictures taken is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands. The tradition began in 1998 as a small effort to spread goodwill through the region. The current Caravan includes six full-time staffers that travel with Titans players, broadcasters and T-Rac throughout the Mid-South on a specially-decorated motor coach from Premiere Transportation.
TITANS CARAVAN XII SCHEDULE - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22
to the general public/open to the media:* **9:30 a.m. CT; Jackson; Malesus Elementary School; Jason Jones 11:15 a.m. CT; Huntingdon; Huntingdon Primary School; Jason Jones 1:15 p.m. CT; Bruceton; Bruceton Central Elementary School; Jason Jones
to the general public:* **3:00 p.m. CT; Camden; Wendy's (120 Highway 641 North); Jason Jones 5:00 p.m. CT; Dickson; O'Charley's (2409 Hwy 46S); Jason Jones