NASHVILLE – When Caleb Farley walked onto the runway for his flight to Nashville on Friday morning, something immediately got his attention.
"This plane pulls up with a Titans logo on it," Farley said with a smile. "I thought, 'Man, they've already got me feeling like a superstar. I felt like we'd just won the Super Bowl."
In time, Farley and the Titans hope that's the case.
Farley, the Virginia Tech cornerback who was taken in the first round of the NFL Draft, arrived in Music City Friday after being taken in the 22nd overall pick of Thursday night's draft.
Farley arrived with little sleep. After a whirlwind of a night while watching the draft at his father's house with family in Hickory, North Carolina, Farley spent time in bed in Google, searching for information on Nashville, his new home.
He woke up early, and then he hit the ground running.
"This is my first time in Nashville," Farley said on Friday. "I think it's gorgeous, similar to where I am from in North Carolina and how the terrain looks. I know it's an exciting place, beautiful. I am hearing a lot of good things about the city and getting to view the stadium and the facilities. So far, everything has been amazing.
"It has been going great. I couldn't ask for anything better."
Farley traveled to Nashville with his father on Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk's private jet.
On Friday morning, he toured the team's facility, which is currently under construction.
He spent time with Titans coach Mike Vrabel and his staff, and General Manager Jon Robinson. He also met with other team officials. Defensive backs coach Anthony Midget surprised him by wearing a Virginia Tech sweatshirt. Like Farley, Midget also was a star player for the Hokies.
Farley then visited Nissan Stadium, where he'll play on Sundays.
"It feels special here," Farley said. "I can tell coach believes in me, and they all believe in me. And that is special to me."
In 23 games over two seasons at Virginia Tech, the 6-foot-2, 197-pound Farley had six interceptions. In 2019, Farley led the ACC in passed defensed, and he was tied for second in the league with four interceptions. Farley opted out of the 2020 season, and he is currently recovering from his second back surgery.
He's looking forward to what's ahead in Nashville, with the Titans.
On Friday night, Farley will fly back home, and then begin to imagine what's next in his NFL career, and life.
"The past 24 hours have been a roller coaster ride of adrenalin, emotions, and pure joy and happiness," Farley said. "I didn't sleep much last night – I was still wired up, like I was ready to play a football game.
"But this truly has been the most special moment of my life. I hope to be here long-term, and I hope we win a whole lot of football games.''
Tennessee Titans first-round pick Caleb Farley visits Nashville and tours Saint Thomas Sports Park and Nissan Stadium. (Donald Page)