William Hayes to join last stop of the day*
NASHVILLE, Tenn – Tennessee Titans free agent acquisition Will Witherspoon has been selected to leadoff the second week of Titans Caravan XIII, the team's annual tour throughout Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. On Monday, April 19, Witherspoon will make appearances in Murfreesboro, Lebanon, Lafayette and White House. He will be joined by defensive end William Hayes for the final stop of the day in Bowling Green, Ky.
Witherspoon will begin the day with his first of four public stops at the Kroger in Murfreesboro at 9 a.m. The Caravan then continues with a 11:00 a.m. public appearance at the Kroger in Lebanon.
Public Caravan stops give all fans the chance to collect autographs and take pictures with the Titans. There is no charge to attend any of the Titans Caravan XIII public events, and each stop lasts approximately one hour.
Following the public stop in Lebanon, Witherspoon along with Titans mascot T-Rac, the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith and Titans Radio Gameday Host Larry Stone, will present the school program to the students at Lafayette Elementary School.
During the Caravan school visits, which are closed to the general public, the Titans deliver a message to students about developing study habits, making good choices and setting goals. Also, the NFL's "Play 60" theme is emphasized, encouraging children to stay healthy by getting daily exercise.
Following the school appearance in Lafayette, Witherspoon will make a pair of public stops, appearing first at Kroger in White House at 3:30 p.m. From there, Hayes will join the Caravan as it crosses into Kentucky to make the final stop of the day at hhgregg in Bowling Green at 5:30 p.m.
Witherspoon is a nine-year veteran linebacker who was signed by the Titans as a free agent on March 10, 2009. He split the 2009 season between the St. Louis Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles and totaled 104 tackles, a sack, an interception, seven passes defensed and a forced fumble. In 2007, the former third-round pick was named the Rams' MVP after leading the team with 136 tackles and tallying a career-high seven sacks.
William Hayes is entering his third season with the Titans after being selected by the club in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. In 2009, he enjoyed a breakout campaign by playing in all 16 games with 11 starts and collecting career-highs with 82 tackles, four sacks, 23 quarterback pressures, five tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.
A total of 42 Titans Caravan stops in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama have been scheduled over a span of nearly two weeks, concluding just hours before the start of the 2010 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 22. The vast majority of Caravan visits are presented by one of nearly 70 affiliates of the Titans Radio Network, the exclusive radio home of the Titans.
Over the last 12 years, Titans Caravan has made over 600 stops and allowed the team to interact directly with an estimated audience well in excess of 100,000 fans. Since its beginning in 1998 as a small effort to spread goodwill through the region, the Caravan has evolved to include six full-time staffers that travel with Titans players, broadcasters and T-Rac throughout the Mid-South on a specially-decorated motor coach from Premiere Transportation.