ORLANDO – No.6 in a Titans uniform has had a heck of a week here at the Pro Bowl.
He's caught passes from Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, and mingled with some of the NFL's best on the field and in the locker room.
And he's loved every minute of it.
Bryce Kern's father, Brett, has had a pretty good time as well.
Another trip to the Pro Bowl has meant another year of father-son time at AFC practices for Titans punter Brett Kern and his 10-year-son, Bryce. Kern brought his entire family to Orlando for the third straight year – his wife, Tiffany, and daughters, Annelle and Quinn – are also here.
But it's Bryce who seems to enjoy the practices the most. Bryce Kern has also worked once again as a kid reporter for Titans Online this week, interviewing players from across the league.
"Sometimes I have to kind of pinch myself that I am here hanging out with some of these guys, so I can only imagine what it is like for a 10-year-old to be able to come here and do this three years in a row," Kern said. "He's playing catch with Lamar and Deshaun, and Mark Ingram tackled him in the locker room. It's pretty awesome to see.
"He is getting quite the autograph collection, too."
Kern, named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press, is back at the Pro Bowl following a season when he the NFL with 37 kicks placed inside the 20-yard line, and led the AFC with a 47.1 gross average. Kern registered 39 punts of 50 or more yards in 2019, and he tied an NFL record with eight punts placed inside the 20 in a game at Denver.
Young Bryce leaves no doubt who his favorite player at the Pro Bowl is, and it's not just because it's his dad.
"I think he is the best," Bryce Kern said of the other Titan decked out in the No.6 this week. "Tony Romo even said he's the best punter in the league, and Tony Romo knows a lot about football."
Brett Kern knows this: He's happy to be here.
"It is always a blessing to be down here at the Pro Bowl," Kern said. "I tell my kids to just enjoy it, because you never know when it is going to happen again. You can never take for granted being in this position. It is a good consolation prize for what happened against the Chiefs.
"This season, it was a heck of a ride, a fun ride, and to be able to finish the year like this, it is fun. I wish we were in the Super Bowl, but it is still a great way to spend the week and I'm glad that Ryan (Tannehill) and Jurrell (Casey) and Derrick (Henry) are down here, too. We probably should have a couple of more guys down here having some fun with us."
Kern has a busy week planned with his family.
The Kerns hit Universal Studios on Thursday night after Pro Bowl practice during the day, and had a trip to the Magic Kingdom planned for Friday. They're planning to see a TobyMac concert on Saturday night, before Sunday's Pro Bowl game at Camping World Stadium.
"The memories that we've had together, and the memories we've been able to make as a family here," Kern said. "It is really special."
During Pro Bowl practices, Kern said he's received praise from players across the league about the season the Titans had. The Titans knocked off the Patriots and Ravens in the playoffs before falling in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday in Kansas City, one win shy of reaching the Super Bowl.
"I've gotten a lot of compliments from fans, others players, saying: It was fun watching your playoff run," Kern said. "I think a lot of guys were rooting for us as the sixth seed, and enjoyed watching us play."
Titans Online looks back at punter Brett Kern's 2019 Pro Bowl season that saw him register a 47.1-yard average, 43.1-yard net average, and down 37 punts inside the 20-yard line with only two touchbacks. (Photos: Donald Page)
As for Kern's future, after a break, he'll be ready to get back after it.
Kern has appeared in 170 games with the Titans, which ranks sixth on the team's all-time career games played list. Kern just finished his 12th NFL season, his 11th with the Titans.
"Personally, I am definitely really happy with the year that I had," Kern said. "There's obviously some things I could have done better, some punts that I'd like to have back. I'd love to put together the perfect season, but that's pretty hard to do. … I'll evaluate what needs to improve, where I can get better, so I can get better next year.
"And as a team, I want to win a Super Bowl. I love playing in Nashville, I love Titans fans, and I'm proud to be a Titan. And I love the direction Jon (Robinson) and coach (Mike) Vrabel are going with everything. It's fun to be a part of, and I am going to keep going until the Lord shuts the door on me.
"But hopefully we can win a Super Bowl before that happens."