The Caravan, which included tight end Alge Crumpler, mascot T-Rac and other members of Nashville’s National Football League franchise, visited one of the Titans’ radio affiliates, WKDZ.
The Caravan gives fans the chance to meet and greet team personnel, take pictures and get autographs. The Caravan began in 1998 as a small effort to spread goodwill through the region, according to a Titans press release.
Crumpler, who will begin his second season with the Titans this year, made a visit to Fort Campbell during last year’s Caravan, but this year was his first chance to at an extended trip with the program.
“We have a good time interacting with our fans,” Crumpler said.
Crumpler said these visits give him a chance to make a connection with fans that he can’t make on the field.
“We play in a helmet world, and a lot of our fans only know us by the name and number on the back of our jersey,” Crumpler said. “We need to get out and interact and show the fans who we are. We enjoy playing football, but we enjoy getting out in the community, too.”
School stops are also part of the Caravan’s schedule, in addition to public appearances like Monday’s in Cadiz.
Crumpler said his top goal for the school appearances is to encourage students to stay active.
“We grew up in a world free of video games,” Crumpler said. “These days, kids stay inside all day and play video games, and it’s a little different. I was allowed to run around until street lights came on when I was a kid. Being active then fueled me being in the career I have now.”
While large groups of Titans fans regularly attend the public appearances, the Cadiz stop had something no one expected. A family from North Carolina scheduled part of a road trip to coincide with the Caravan’s stop here.
This year’s Titans Caravan was highlighted by appearances from Crumpler, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Stephen Tulloch, Michael Griffin, Kerry Collins, Nate Washington, Cortland Finnegan and Jason Jones.