INDIANAPOLIS —** Late Titans scout C.O. Brocato is no longer at the NFL Combine in body, but his spirit lives on.
Proof can be found on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium, and in the hallways and meeting rooms inundated with NFL scouts and team officials this week.
A look back at long-time Titans scout C.O. Brocato, who passed away at the age of 85.
"In the eight days I'll be here, there's multiple people who will tell C.O. stories. I was telling a C.O. story today,'' Blake Beddingfield, director of college scouting for the Titans, said on Saturday. "He was so significant not only to me personally, but he revolutionized the scouting process we go through today.
"His memory lives on through a lot of the stuff that's done today at the combine. He has a legacy that will live on forever."
Here at the NFL Combine, there is a chair with a Titans hat and jacket located at the end of the 40-yard dash. The initials "CO" are also painted on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The legendary scout passed away last year after a bout with cancer. The 85-year old Brocato had spent 40 years with the organization as a scout, originally joining the franchise in 1975. He was a member of the organization for 599 games and was placed on the preliminary list of nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on four occasions (2005, 2007, 2008 and 2012).
Last April, the organization announced that the draft room at Saint Thomas Sports Park was named the "C.O. Brocato Draft Room."
Beddingfield said retired Titans scout Ray Biggs talked to him about the idea to honor Brocato last week, and Beddingfield brought the hat and jacket to Indianapolis.
"C.O. was the official 40-timer for years. He was well thought of by everyone in the league, a mentor to most scouts in the league and are currently here. He typified what the combine is all about, he loved it,'' Beddingfield said. "The 40-yard dash was his thing, his baby. C.O. actually invented a number of drills we do here, like the three-cone (drill), the 20-yard backpedal drills the DBs will do on Monday, he invented that.
"He always wore a hat, he always wore a jacket, and he always sat in a chair. I guess it's one way of saying, 'Thanks, C.O. for all the stuff you did.'"