White leads Titans Caravan into southern Tennessee



Running back LenDale White poses with employees at the Shelbyville Kroger as Titans Caravan 2008 traveled through the southern portion of Middle Tennessee.

WOODBURY, TN, April 25, 2008 —** Led by running back LenDale White, Titans Caravan 2008 embarked on its final public outing last Friday, working its way through the southern portion of Middle Tennessee.

The Titans' leading rusher from 2007 was accompanied by fan favorite T-Rac and "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith. The first stop was in Woodbury, Tenn. After a brief stop at the local Regions Bank branch, the caravan set up on the steps of Woodbury's historic courthouse where White was met by the Cannon County High School football team.

Head coach Andrew Bartsch spoke about what it meant to his players for White and the Titans Caravan to come to Woodbury.

"I think it's good they would come out here," Bartsch said. "We are a little town with a little football team. It's great for these guys to see a guy that has done so well in this profession and be able to make a connection. That is all of their dreams,"

The players did not even have to skip school to see the caravan. They were off for the day, but eagerly came out to meet White and have a group picture taken on the steps of the courthouse with the NFL running back.

For White, making his first appearance on Titans Caravan, it was a valuable experience he fully enjoyed.

"It's good to get out to places I haven't seen and hang out with all the folks," he said. "I'm glad I did it."

White said he was impressed with the way the fans treated him.

"They were very appreciative and showed up in a big way," he said. "They called me Mr. White and said thank you after everything. It was fun to get out and see these people that we don't normally get to see."

White understands the interaction is not only important for the fans, but important for the Titans as well.

"It's good for us to get out there, because those are the people that support us. They come to the games rain, sleet, or snow. They are out there cheering for us. Tennessee is a great place to have a football team and I'm glad to be a part of it," he said.

After departing from Woodbury, the caravan headed southeast on Highway 70 for its second stop, West Elementary School in McMinnville, Tenn. The Titans crew was met by an enthusiastic crowd of students, teachers, and parents. Keith and White spoke to the students about the NFL's Play 60 program, stressing the importance of being active, especially for elementary age students. The pair also spoke the students about the importance to staying away from drugs and doing well in their school work.

"I think it's important for everybody to go out and exercise and keep the heart and body healthy," White said.

After the Titans crew received parting gifts from West Elementary, the Caravan moved on to Tullahoma, Tenn. for the Thunder WMSR 1320 AM opening at the Northgate Mall. When White and the Titans Caravan arrived, the line of Titans fans waiting to greet the star spanned the length of the mall.

Dedicated fan Adam Shrull has been to multiple caravan stops this year and even made his own montage for White to sign.

"I think it's great," Shrull said. 'I'm a big fan and I think it's important to get the community involved, especially this early in the year."

The Caravan wrapped up their 2008 public tour with stops at Kroger in both Shelbyville and Smyrna. The Titans drew excellent crowds at both stops.

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