Stops include Dyersburg, Dyer, Mayfield, Princeton and Paducah; Frank Wycheck to join final two stops of day
NASHVILLE, TN, April 14, 2008 –Guard Jake Scott has been selected to lead Titans Caravan 2008 into portions of Northwest Tennessee and Western Kentucky on Tuesday, April 15, as the team continues its annual goodwill tour of the region. Scott will make appearances in Dyersburg, Dyer and Mayfield before being joined by former Titans tight end and current Titans Radio color analyst Frank Wycheck at stops in Princeton and Paducah.
Along with six-time Pro Bowl mascot T-Rac and the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith, Scott will kick off the day with a 9:15 a.m. public stop at Java Cafe in Dyersburg. From there the Caravan will appear at Dyer Elementary School at 11:15 a.m. and Central Elementary School in Mayfield at 1:15 p.m. All school stops along Titans Caravan 2008 are closed to the general public.
Next, Wycheck will join Scott and the Caravan for public stops at King's Great Buys Plus in Princeton at 3:30 p.m. and finally at Best Buy at Kentucky Oaks Mall in Paducah at 5:30 p.m.
The school program, which will be performed a total of 16 times before an estimated 14,000 children on this year's Caravan, will emphasize the need to stay healthy by exercising. Through the "Play 60" program, the Titans and the NFL will campaign throughout the 2008 season 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.
At each of the public stops, fans will have an opportunity to meet members of the Caravan and get autographs and photos. Each public stop is free, open to the public and will last approximately one hour.
Scott, who was signed in March as an unrestricted free agent from the Indianapolis Colts, is entering his fifth NFL season and is expected to fill the right guard position along the team's offensive line. A veteran of 60 career games, including a current streak of 55 consecutive starts, Scott helped the Indianapolis offense rank fifth overall in the NFL in 2007. He also helped the Colts finish in the NFL's top three in total offense and rank first in the league in fewest sacks allowed in each season from 2004-06.
Wycheck, considered one of the team's all-time most popular players, retired following the 2003 season with 505 career receptions, at the time the fourth-highest total by a tight end in NFL history. The three-time Pro Bowler ranks third on the club's all-time receiving list (482 receptions with the Titans) and is also known for his role in the "Music City Miracle," a play that resulted in a touchdown to defeat the Buffalo Bills in a 1999 Wild Card Playoff game. In addition to his current color analyst role, Wycheck co-hosts a morning radio show on Nashville's 104.5 "The Zone."
This year a special element will be added to the standard Caravan festivities. In addition to using the effort as a way to thank the team's fans throughout the Mid-South, this year's Caravan has added Wycheck and other former players to celebrate the launch of the club's 10th season as the Titans. In 1999, the team moved into LP Field and changed its name to the Tennessee Titans. The season provided moments that included the "Music City Miracle" and ended with an improbable run to Super Bowl XXXIV.
Titans Caravan 2008 will make a total of 50 stops over a span of 11 travel days. During the last decade, the Caravan has totaled over 530 stops, traveled approximately 45,000 miles, visited nearly 200 schools and shaken hands with over 100,000 fans. The number of autographs signed and pictures taken is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands.
Titans Caravan 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.