NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Wesley Woodyard is entering his 10th season in the NFL, and he's now been selected as a captain 10 years in a row.
It's quite an honor for the Titans linebacker, one of the team's six captains for the 2017 season.
"I am extremely blessed to be given this opportunity and platform to be able to I help lead my teammates and earn their trust," Woodyard said. "It is a huge honor – 10 years in and I've been a captain all 10 years. I just want to motivate my teammates and help guys coming into the league."
In addition to Woodyard, in his fourth season with the Titans after spending six seasons with the Broncos, quarterback Marcus Mariota, tight end Delanie Walker, linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive lineman Jurrell Casey were all selected captains by teammates, along with "Titan for Life" Tim Shaw.
"It is definitely an honor, and a blessing," said Casey, a captain for the fourth year in a row. "I thank the team and the players around here for continuing to trust in me. I am a person where they get tired of hearing my mouth here and there, but I will say something if I think something is not being done right and I expect guys to say the same to me. We are all here to help each other."
Walker, selected a captain for the third straight year, said he takes the role seriously.
"It just shows the team looks at me as a leader and someone they can count on and represent the team well," Walker said. "It is a privilege and an honor to be a captain for this team and everyone in this room."
Mariota was named a captain late in the 2015 season, but he suffered a knee injury and missed several games. He was named a captain for 2016 as well. Orakpo was a captain in 2015 and 2016.
Shaw, a former Titan who is battling ALS, has been a regular at Saint Thomas Sports Park, and he's also made road trips with the team. In training camp, he delivered a motivation speech to the team.
"It is real special for Tim to be with us," Woodyard said. "Nobody knows how many days you have on this earth, and him battling ALS, it shows the courage he has to keep going on. It is amazing to have him around and we cherish him."
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