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Fans come out to meet Titans Caravan

By James D. Horne jhorne@paducahsun.com

Joseph Scott loves the Tennessee Titans so much that he named his son Titan.

So it's no surprise Joseph, 36, and Titan, 12, from Eldorado, Ill., were among the fans who showed up Wednesday at the Tennessee Titans Caravan at the Paducah Shoe Carnival to get mementos signed by quarterback Jake Locker, linebacker Akeem Ayers and offensive lineman Andy Levitre.

"It's just something that when he was born, we decided we wanted to name him after the team," said Joseph. "We just love being down there. I love the environment down there and love going to games when I can. It was a pleasure to meet the Titans today. It's really fun to be able to interact with them."

Titan felt the same.

"It was awesome seeing them," he said. "I just liked getting a chance to talk with them and getting my stuff signed. They were really nice."

And Titan said it was cool to be named after his favorite team: "I like my name. My mom and dad are big Titans fans."

The Titans Caravan is a regional series of free, public autograph signings. The Caravan will make 16 stops in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama in a week's time. A special public stop will be made in Johnson City on June 13 in connection with cornerback Coty Sensabaugh's football camp weekend.

For the Titans, it gives them a chance to come out and mingle with the faithful.

"It's good to get outside of Tennessee and get to meet with the fans in the other areas nearby," Ayers said. "It's just something different that we look forward to, because we're usually just around Nashville. I've never been here before, so it's cool to see our fans and see the people who support us elsewhere."

Said Mike Keith, the voice of the Titans: "We love the Titans Caravan. It's hard to believe that it's another year for it. We've had some great stops already. We've been to Alabama and west Tennessee last night. We're excited to be in Kentucky today. Coach Ken Whisenhunt is going to be out tomorrow in Bowling Green and some stops in middle Tennessee, and then we're going to east Tennessee.

"It's a much more compressed Caravan that we've done than in the past because with the new coaching staff we got to start the preseason earlier.

"Then Easter was later and the draft was later so we had to figure out when we could go. But Coach carved this out for us and we're very excited to be back out seeing the folks who support us in this part of Kentucky. It's just been fantastic."

Titans fans just enjoyed the opportunity to get to meet players from their favorite team.

"It was great to meet them," said 9-year-old Luke Chandler of Mayfield. "I've never seen them face to face before. They were bigger than I thought they would be."

Call James D. Horne, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8661 or follow on Twitter @psunsports.

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