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 Tennessee Titans History

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The Tennessee Titans were formed in 1960 and were known as the Houston Oilers. The Titans were charter members and the first Champions of the American Football League. They would later Join the National Football League (NFL) in the 1970 merger. The Titans have held team names like the Houston Oilers (1960-1996),Tennessee Oilers (1997-98), the current name "Titans" was given to them in February 1999. The team's name was chosen because in Greek mythology Titans exemplified the characteristics of power, strength, knowledge, and excellence.The Tennessee Titans is one of four teams that play in the South Division of the American Football Conference. The team is currently residing in in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Tennessee Titans began in 1960 as the Houston Oilers, charter members of the American Football League. The Oilers appeared in the first three American Football League (AFL) championships. They scored an important victory over the NFL when they signed LSU's Heisman Trophy winner, All-America running back Billy Cannon. Cannon joined other Oiler offensive stars such as quarterback George Blanda, flanker Charlie Hennigan, running back Charlie Tolar, and guard Bob Talamini. After winning the first-ever AFL championship over the Los Angeles Chargers in 1960, they repeated over the same team (then in San Diego) in 1961.


They lost to the Dallas Texans in the classic 1962 double-overtime AFL championship game, at the time the longest, and still one of the best professional football championship games ever played. The Tennesse Titans have won the League Championships twice in 1960 (AFL) and 1961 (AFL) They have made only one Super Bowl appearance (XXXIV), which they lost in 2000 to the Saint Louis Rams.The Titans retired Jim Norton's, #43, who lead and was the all-time American Football League in interceptions. Players who will not be forgotten are Billy Cannon, who was an All-Leaguer as a halfback in 1961 and as a tight end in 1969, Charlie Hennigan, who was the first professional football player to catch more than 100 passes in a season (Oilers, 1964), Bob Talamini, who won two American Football League (AFL) titles with the Oilers, AFL and World Championship with the Jets, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, Bobby Jancik, Charlie Joiner, Charlie Tolar (1937-2003 ("the human bowling ball")), Webster Slaughter,Warren Moon and Wahoo McDaniel. The Titans Pro Football Hall of Famers include Elvin Bethea, Earl Campbel, Ken Houston,Mike Munchak and George Blanda. Hall of Famer George Blanda was born in 1927,was the first player to pass for thirty six touchdowns in 1961, when the Titans were the Houston Oilers.


The Tennessee Titans uniform consists of the colors Columbia blue, Sky blue, White, and Red;The logo design is a circle with three stars, similar to that found on the flag of Tennessee; a large "T"; and blue and red flames.The Tennessee Titans play their home games in the The Coliseum, which was opened on September 12, 1999, it was also known as Adelphia Coliseum 1999-2001. Previous stadiums include Jeppesen Stadium, Houston (23,500) 1960-64, Rice Stadium (70,000) 1965-67, Astrodome (59,969) 1968-96, Liberty Bowl, Memphis (62,380) 1997, and Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville (41,600) 1998.


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