NASHVILLE – The Titans have elected five captains for the 2019 season.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota, safety Kevin Byard, center Ben Jones, defensive lineman Jurrell Casey and linebacker Wesley Woodyard are the captains for this season.
For Byard, it's a first-time honor in the NFL.
"It is an incredible honor to be voted by my peers to be captain," said Byard, who was a captain in high school and in college at MTSU as well. "It is special I feel like, that guys trust in my leadership abilities and it's something I am going to continue to do. It is not like I am going to change now. I want to try and keep leading this group of men in the right direction and try and lead us to a Super Bowl."
Mariota has been a captain in all five of his NFL seasons, and it's Casey's sixth straight season to be a captain with the Titans. Woodyard has been a captain every year of his NFL career, which dates back to 2008 with the Broncos.
"Being a leader, it comes in different forms," Woodyard said. "One thing about me is I take pride in being a leader, take pride in being a captain. It means a lot to me that my teammates and coaches see me as a leader. I am never going to change who I am and my approach to this game."
Jones was a captain for individual games last season, but those are voted each week by the coaches.
The players vote for the season-long captains.
"It means my teammates respect what I do on and off the field," Jones said. "It's an honor to be voted by the players. We have a lot of guys who have played a lot of football in this league, so it's a great honor."