Titans linebacker Avery Williamson went Hollywood this past week.
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Williamson attended an Oscars-related event in Los Angeles, and made the rounds at ESPN Sports Nation, Fox Sports and the Red Bull studio. At each location, he got a behind-the-scenes look at life behind the cameras.
He was able to spread knowledge about the Titans. The Oscars event was a red carpet affair put on by PwC, which oversees the voting process. He met Michelle Beadle, Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley at ESPN Sports Nation.
“It was nice,’’ said Williamson, who has started 27 games over his first two NFL seasons.
In Los Angeles, Williamson faced some questions himself. There’s a chance he could appear as an on-air guest at some of the national shows later in the offseason.
“They asked me how I feel about the hires (at head coach and GM), and who we would take with the No.1 pick in the draft,’’ Williamson said. “A lot of people were asking me about Marcus (Mariota), and how I am going to improve myself for next season.
“It was positive. And I feel like the steps coach (Mike) Mularkey will take, and has taken, I really do feel like we are headed in the right direction. I feel like we have the right people to get some more wins.”
Earlier this week, Williamson began working at Pro Edge in Chandler, Arizona, which was recommended to him by former Bears linebacker Lance Briggs.
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Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard never shared a locker room with Tim Shaw. But he’s familiar with his journey, and the strength the former Titans linebacker has shown while battling ALS.
“I know what kind of guy he is,’’ Woodyard said of Shaw. “And I know he left a good positive vibe in the locker room with the guys that did know him. I have a lot of respect for him. And I know what he’s going through, because it hits close to home.”
Woodyard, set to begin his third season with the Titans and Tennessee Titans jerseys ninth year in the NFL, had a chance to talk to Shaw last week when the team signed him to a contract before placing him on the Reserve/Retired list, making him a “Titan for Life.”
Woodyard heard Shaw’s emotional speech to the team a few days earlier. He also witnessed his struggles to walk, and speak clearly. Shaw said himself his condition has deteriorated to the point he has a hard time doing daily tasks like brushing his teeth and tying his own shoes.
Inside linebacker Wesley Woodyard was credited with his first sack of the season (16.5 in his career), forcing Browns quarterback Cody Kessler out of bounds for no gain in the first quarter.
As a teenager, Woodyard saw his beloved aunt, Caroline Drake, deal with the same issues after being diagnosed with ALS leading up to her death. It’s a painful memory. Woodyard said his wife’s aunt also had ALS, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Jones is ready to give back to the Nashville community – and the Ronald McDonald House – by hosting the first annual Ben Jones Celebrity Clay Shoot on May 12 at the Nashville Gun Club. Spots still remain for those 18 years or older, including a number of team slots.
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Titans center Ben Jones began a pregame ritual of walking barefoot on the field back when he was in high school.
Jones will be tested when he strolls on the field at Arrowhead Stadium several hours before Sunday’s Titans-Chiefs game. The early morning temperature is expected to dip to around zero, and the forecast calls for single digits in pregame, and at kickoff at noon.
“Marcus is a tough guy, and he is one of our leaders in the huddle,’’ Jones said. “(Him taking that hit) is just showing everyone has to step their stuff up. If you have a leader like that who is going to lay it on the line for us, we have to protect him at all times.”
Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Mariota sent an unintentional message by rising to his feet. The Titans finished that drive with a field goal, and the first team offense scored on its first four possessions.