will lead group to LaFollette, Oak Ridge, Crossville, Cookeville and Mt. Juliet*
Along with Titans mascot T-Rac, the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith and Titans Radio Gameday Host Larry Stone, McRath will begin the day with a 10 a.m. (ET) appearance at LaFollette Elementary School, where students will assemble for the Titans Caravan school program. At 1 p.m. (ET), the team will present the program for a second time at Linden Elementary School in Oak Ridge. Willow Brook Elementary students also have been invited to the Oak Ridge stop.
During the Caravan school visits, which are closed to the general public, the Titans deliver a message to students about developing study habits, making good choices and setting goals. Also, the NFL's "Play 60" theme is emphasized, encouraging children to stay healthy by getting daily exercise.
McRath will make his first of three public stops at Kroger in Crossville (265 Highland Square) at 3 p.m. (CT). From there, the Caravan will travel to Kroger in Cookeville (445 South Jefferson Ave.) at 4:45 p.m. (CT) and finally to Logan's Roadhouse in Mt. Juliet (401 S. Mt. Juliet Rd.) at 7 p.m. (CT).
Public Caravan stops give all fans the chance to collect autographs and take pictures with the Titans. There is no charge to attend any of the Titans Caravan XIII public events, and each stop lasts approximately one hour.
McRath, a fourth-round draft choice in 2009, is a projected starter at linebacker for the Titans in 2010. The promising youngster started five of the final nine games during his rookie season, collecting 38 tackles and one interception. A product of Southern Mississippi, McRath led his college team in tackles three consecutive seasons and garnered numerous accolades during his career. He was named conference USA Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore, and as a junior he was named to the All-Conference squad after finishing first in the league in tackles.
A total of 42 Titans Caravan stops in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama have been scheduled over a span of nearly two weeks, concluding just hours before the start of the 2010 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 22. The vast majority of Caravan visits are presented by one of nearly 70 affiliates of the Titans Radio Network, the exclusive radio home of the Titans.
Over the last 12 years, Titans Caravan has made over 600 stops and allowed the team to interact directly with an estimated audience well in excess of 100,000 fans. Since its beginning in 1998 as a small effort to spread goodwill through the region, the Caravan has evolved to include 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.