The Almost All-Time Tennessee Titans Offense
Before they were the Titans, they were the Houston Oilers.
Bud Adams started the franchise in 1960 with the fledgling American Football League. Adams put together an excellent team quickly, some with hard work and some with good luck.
His big move in 1960 was signing Billy Cannon away from the clutches of the NFL.
Cannon was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams with the first pick of the draft, and he was the first pick of the AFL as well.
Adams signed the LSU legend and 1959 Heisman Trophy winner on the field after LSU won the Sugar Bowl.
Future NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle was the general manager of the Rams at that time, and he tried to force Cannon to sign with his team. Adams took the NFL to court and won.
Another of the many key signings that season was of future Hall of Famer George Blanda. Blanda had washed out of the NFL and did not even play football in 1959.
He joined the Oilers and immediately became the team's leader, helping them win the first AFL Championship when he hit Cannon for an 88-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter vs. the Los Angeles Chargers.
Blanda led the Oilers to a second consecutive championship in 1961 and was named the AFL Player of the Year.
He tied the record of seven touchdown passes in a game the next season, as the Oilers reached a third championship before losing to the Dallas Texans in the longest championship game in professional football history.
Blanda also set a record of 42 interceptions thrown in that 1962 season.
Though the Oilers would reach the AFL Championship in 1967, losing to an Oakland Raiders team that now had Blanda on their roster, the team has never won a championship game again.
Many great players played for the Oilers, and several are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Players like Blanda, Earl Campbell, Ken Houston, Elvin Bethea, Mike Munchak, Warren Moon, and Bruce Matthews are just a few players that played for the Oilers and are now enshrined in Canton.
Despite their legacy, as well as being the first professional sports team to win a championship in Houston, the team relocated to Nashville, Tenn., before the 1997 season.
They changed their name from the Oilers to the Titans just before the 1999 season.
The timing of the name change worked out well for Adams, as his team went on to Super Bowl XXXIV but lose to the St. Louis Rams. It is the only season that the franchise has won the AFC Championship.
Please remember that this team consists of players who are not, and maybe never will be, members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
QUARTERBACK: Steve McNair
McNair was the Oilers first draft pick of the 1996 draft, and he was the third player chosen overall.
He spent his first two seasons primarily sitting and leaning the game. He did start in six of the 13 games he played in over that time, winning four.
The Oilers moved to Tennessee for the 1997 season, and they made McNair the full-time starter. He led the team to an 8-8 record, after throwing for 2,665 yards and 14 passing touchdowns.
He also set career bests of 101 rushing attempts for 674 yards and eight scores. He also led the NFL with a 6.7 yards per rushing attempt average.
The Oilers went 8-8 again the next year, but McNair showed steady improvement. He threw for 3,228 yards and 15 touchdowns.
He also ran for 559 yards and four scores, while averaging a career high 7.3 yards per rushing attempt. One of his runs was a career-long 74 yards.
The Oilers then changed their name to the Titans for the start of the 1999 season. McNair ran for 337 yards, and matched his career high of eight rushing touchdowns in the 11 games he played that year.
He also tossed nine touchdowns as he led the Titans to nine wins. Tennessee would go on to appear in Super Bowl XXXIV but lose.
McNair got his first Pro Bowl nod in 2000. He led the Titans to 12 wins in the 15 games he started in. He also tossed 15 touchdown passes that year.
The Titans won just seven of the 15 games McNair started the next year, but he did throw for 3,350 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also rushed for five more scores.
McNair was now in the prime of his career. His 2002 season saw him set career bests of 492 attempts for 301 completions with 3,387 yards. He also tossed 22 touchdowns, and ran for three more.
It was also the last time in his career he would run for over 400 yards. In fact, he never ran for more than 139 yards again.
The pinnacle of his career was in 2003. Despite missing two games, he led the NFL in yards gained passing attempt, adjusted yards gained per passing attempt, yards gained per completion, net yards gained per passing attempt, adjusted net yards gained per passing attempt, and quarterback rating.
His 229.6 yards gained per game was a career best, as was his 24 passing touchdowns. He was named to his second Pro Bowl and shared the 2003 Associated Press NFL MVP Award with Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts.
The 2004 season saw McNair lose eight games to injury. He rebounded the next year with his last Pro Bowl season.
Despite the fact he missed two games, and the fact the Titans won just four of the games he started, McNair threw for 3,161 yards and 16 scores. He also rushed for his last score as a Titan.
Before the 2005 season began, the Titans traded McNair to the Baltimore Ravens for a fourth-round choice in the 2007 draft. The Ravens immediately named McNair their starting quarterback.
He responded by leading Baltimore to a 13-3 record. It would be the fourth and final time that he would play in every game in a season. He ran for his final career rushing touchdown, and threw for 3,050 yards and 16 scores.
After an injury-plagued 2007 season that saw McNair play just six games, he retired.
His 27,141 career passing yards as a Oiler/Titan is the second most in franchise history behind Hall Of Famer Warren Moon. His 156 passing touchdowns is third behind Moon and Hall Of Famer George Blanda.
His 83.3 quarterback rating is the best in franchise history for anyone who threw over 677 passes for the team.
He ranks ninth on the teams all-time rushing board, and leads all quarterbacks in that category. His 36 rushing touchdowns is the third most in team history.
Steve McNair may never be inducted into Canton, but his toughness and leadership will not soon be forgotten. He is a member of the team's Ring of Honor, and one of the team's legends.
Dan Pastorini and Pete Beathard deserve mention.
FULLBACK: Tim Wilson
Wilson was drafted in the third round of the 1977 draft by the Oilers, the 66th player chosen overall.
He was probably the best blocking back of his era. He was Earl Campbell's personal bodyguard and best friend. They were known throughout Houston as the "Blues Brothers.".
Weighing 10 pounds less than the Tyler Rose, Wilson would squash linemen, linebackers, and defensive backs to pave the way. Earl would stomp on the remains on his way to the end zone.
Tim was also an adept receiver. He caught 94 passes his first four seasons before being asked to only block as defenses changed strategies to stop Campbell. In 1982, he did not touch the ball at all.
He scored nine touchdowns in four of his six seasons with the team.
When he left for the New Orleans Saints in 1983, Campbell followed him in 1984. Wilson retired after that season.
Tim has passed away since, but Earl is the godfather to his son, Josh Wilson. Josh currently starts at cornerback with the Seattle Seahawks.
Charley "The Human Bowling Ball" Tolar, Hoyle Granger, and Dave Smith all deserve mention.
RUNNING BACK: Eddie George
George was the Oilers' first-round draft choice of the 1996 draft, and was the 14th player chosen overall.
He was put to work right away by the Oilers. He carried the ball 335 times for 1,368 yards and eight touchdowns.
He also had a career best 4.1 yards per rushing attempt. One run of 76 yards was his career long.
He was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press that season.
When the team moved to Tennessee the next year, George's workload increased. He carried the ball 357 times for 1,399 yards and six touchdowns. He also scored another touchdown off of one of his career low seven receptions.
He was honored with a Pro Bowl nod, something he would attain in each of the next three seasons as well.
After getting 1,294 yards the next year, George led the newly named Titans to a magical season in 1999.
He had 1,304 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, matching his career high of 4.1 yards per rushing attempt.
He also caught 47 balls, scoring a career-high four touchdowns on a career-best 458 yards.
The Titans would ride George to Super Bowl XXXIV, where they would lose to the St. Louis Rams 23-17.
He then followed up that season with the best year of his career. He led the NFL with a whopping 403 rushing attempts, and gained a career-best 1,509 yards.
He also scored a career-high 14 touchdowns via the ground, and had a career-best 50 receptions for two more scores.
The 2001 season saw George fail to gain over 1,000 yards for the first time in his professional career. He averaged a paltry three yards a carry on 315 attempts, gaining 939 yards. He also scored five times.
He rebounded the next year with 12 rushing touchdowns on 343 attempts and 1,165 yards.
He also scored his last two receiving touchdowns on 36 catches. His rushing yards per attempts averaged improved slightly to 3.4 yards.
George gained 1,031 yards in 2003, on 312 attempts to go with five scores. It would be the last time he would gain over 1,000 yards, and his last season with the Titans.
Battling various foot and leg injuries, George had averaged about 3.3 yards per rushing attempt in his last four years with the club.
When the Titans ownership asked George to take a pay cut, he refused. He was then released.
The Dallas Cowboys then signed him to a contract for the 2004 season.
Starting in eight of the 13 games he played in, George gained 432 yards on 132 attempts.
He scored the last four touchdowns of his career as well. He then retired.
Eddie George is a member of the teams Ring of Honor, and his 10,009 rushing yards, 74 total touchdowns, and 2,733 rushing attempts are the most in team history.
His 64 rushing touchdowns are the second most, just nine behind Hall Of Famer Earl Campbell's 73 scores.
Sid Blanks, Lorenzo White, Billy Cannon, Ode Burrell, Mike Rozier, and Woody Campbell are just a few great Oilers backs who deserve mention.
WIDE RECEIVER: Charley Hennigan
Hennigan was a 25-year-old undrafted rookie when he joined the Oilers in the fledgling AFL's first season.
He was a biology teacher in high school at the time, and carried his annual pay stub of $2,700 in his helmet to drive him to succeed in football.
He immediately became the teams top weapon in the passing game. He caught 44 passes for 722 yards and six touchdowns in his rookie year.
He also scored the first touchdown in franchise history by catching a 43-yard pass from Hall of Famer George Blanda in the first quarter of the team's first game ever, which was against the Oakland Raiders.
The Oilers went on to win the first championship game in league history that year, an achievement they would attain again the next year.
That 1961 season was perhaps Hennigan's best. He caught 82 balls, and led the league with 1,746 yards. He scored a career-best 12 touchdowns, and averaged a career-high 21.3 yards per catch.
His 1,746 total yards from scrimmage and 124.7 yards per game also led the league, and were career best marks.
He was named First Team All-Pro that year and made his first AFL All-Star team. He achieved both honors again the next year after catching 54 balls for 867 yards and eight scores.
The Oilers went to their third straight championship game that year, but lost to the Dallas Texans in the longest championship game in professional football history.
Hennigan then caught 61 passes for 1,051 yards and 10 touchdowns in 1963. One pass went for a career-long 83 yards. He was again named to the AFL All-Star Team.
His 1964 season was one that made history. He became the first player in professional football history to have over 100 receptions, when he had 101 total.
It led the AFL, as did his 1,546 receiving yards. His 110.4 yards receiving per game also led the league. Hennigan also scored eight times.
He was named to his last First Team All-Pro honor, and once again made the AFL All-Star Team.
The 1965 season was his last as an All-Star. He caught 41 passes for 578 yards and four touchdowns.
He retired after catching 27 balls and three touchdowns the next season.
Hennigan still has the most receiving touchdowns in franchise history with 51. His 6,823 receiving yards still ranks fourth overall, and his 410 receptions still ranks sixth best overall.
He is the first professional player to ever have two seasons of over 1,500 receiving yards. He is the only player with three 200 yard receiving games and 11 100-yard receiving games in a season.
His 272-yard receiving game in 1961 vs. the Boston Patriots is an AFL record.
Charley Hennigan is a member of the AFL Hall Of Fame, the AFL All-Time Team, and the Oilers/Titans Ring of Honor. He should be in Canton, too.
He is definitely the greatest receiver in the history of the Houston Oilers, and even the Tennessee Titans.
WIDE RECEIVER: Ken Burrough
Burrough was drafted in the first round of the 1970 draft by the New Orleans Saints. He was the 14th player chosen overall.
The Saints struggled to two wins that year, and Burrough got just 14 receptions for two scores.
He also returned a career-best 15 kickoffs at a 19.9 yard per return average.
The Saints then traded him to the Oilers after the season. He stepped right in at Houston and caught 25 balls and returned the last eight kickoff returns of his career.
He then followed that up with 26 catches the next year. He scored four times, and averaged 20 yards per catch.
After catching 79 passes over the next two seasons, as well as running for a score, he exploded in 1975 with his first Pro Bowl season.
He snagged a career-best 53 passes, and led the NFL with a career-high 1,063 yards. His 75.9 receiving yards per game also led the league. He averaged 20.1 yards per catch, and had a career-high eight touchdowns.
His 1976 performance was also exceptional. He caught 51 balls for 932 yards and seven scores. Somehow he was overlooked for a Pro Bowl nod that year, but he did attain it for the final time in his career the next season.
He had 43 receptions for 816 yards and eight touchdowns. One catch went for a career-long 85 yards.
After snaring 47 balls the next year, Burrough had 752 yards on 40 receptions in 1979. He had 4 catches for 91 yards the next year, but was injured in the second game and missed the rest of the season.
He returned for the 1981 season, and caught 40 balls for 668 yards and seven touchdowns. He then retired with 408 career receptions.
At the time of his retirement, it was the second most in team history and just two catches behind Charley Hennigan.
With the rule changes that make it easier for receivers to get open, as well as allowing quarterbacks to throw, after 1979, Burrough is still ranked seventh all-time in franchise history for receptions.
His 47 career touchdown receptions is still second in team history, his 6,906 receiving yards is still third in team history, and his 16.9 yards per receptions average is better than all players with more than 180 receptions.
Ken Burrough is remembered by many for his 00 jersey, but he is also one of the best receivers in the Houston Oilers history.
Jerry LeVias, Curtis Duncan, Drew Hill, Ernest Givens, Derrick Mason, Haywood Jeffires, Bill Groman, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, Charley Frazier, Webster Slaughter, Jim Beirne, and Willard Dewveall all deserve mention.
TIGHT END: Frank Wycheck
Wycheck was drafted in the sixth round of the 1993 draft by the Washington Redskins, the 160th player chosen overall.
He started in eight of the 18 games he played for Washington over two seasons, catching 23 balls, returning four kickoffs, and scoring once.
The Redskins then released Wycheck after the end of 1994, and he was quickly picked up by the Oilers.
Starting in 10 games that season, Wycheck grabbed 40 passes and a touchdown. He also scored on a one yard rushing attempt, the only touchdown of his career via the ground game.
Now firmly entrenched as the Oilers tight end, he snagged 53 catches to go with a career-best six touchdowns in 1995. It was also the last year the Oilers would be in Houston.
The Oilers moved to Tennessee after that year, and Wycheck was an ambassador of the team. He moved into the Nashville area and was active in the community. This act has kept Wycheck popular in the area even today.
His first year in Tennessee saw him catch 63 passes for 748 yards and four scores. His 11.9 yards per catch average was the best of his career, as was a 42 yard pass he caught during the year.
His best season as a player may have been in 1998. He had a career best of 70 receptions for 768 yards. He also scored twice, and was named to his first Pro Bowl.
The Oilers would then decide to change their name to the Titans before the 1999 season.
He returned to the Pro Bowl that year after getting 69 catches for two scores. He also threw a 61 yard touchdown pass. Wycheck's ability to throw set up the most famous professional football play in Tennessee history later that year.
The Titans would make it to the playoffs that year, a large part in thanks that they did not lose a game on their home field. They faced the Buffalo Bills first, and were losing by one point with 18 seconds to go.
Buffalo kicked off, and the ball was quickly handed to Wycheck by the sideline. He then threw a lateral pass across the field to teammate Kevin Dyson. Dyson, who was standing alone at the time, then took off 75 yards for the winning score. The play was dubbed "The Music City Miracle."
The momentum of the win helped propel the Titans eventually into Super Bowl XXXIV, where they lost to the Saint Louis Rams after coming up one yard shy of tying the score as time expired.
Wycheck made his last Pro Bowl in 2000. He matched his career high of 70 receptions, while scoring four times. He also completed both of his passing attempts for 53 yards and a score. He had 60 catches the next year with another four scores, and completed his only passing attempt for 21 yards. He would throw two passes the next year, completing one for 13 yards.
After 40 receptions in 2002, he started in just six of the ten games he played in 2003. He was able to catch just 17 balls that year, then he retired.
Wycheck's 482 receptions with the Oilers/Titans are the most by any tight end in the team's history, and the third most receptions by any player ever for the franchise. He also holds the team record for having at catch in 99 consecutive games.
He is one of just five tight ends in NFL history to have at least 500 career receptions.
Frank Wycheck is a member of the team's Ring of Honor.
Alvin Reed, Willie Frazier, Bob McLoud, and Dave Casper all deserve mention as well.
TACKLE: Leon Gray
Gray was a third-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 1973 draft.
He was the 78th player chosen overall. He was then traded to the New England Patriots.
Gray started his career at guard, and started in eight of the nine games he played in during his rookie campaign.
The Patriots then moved him to tackle the next year, and he remained there the rest of his career.
In the 1976 season, Gray was named to his first Pro Bowl. He repeated that honor again in 1978, as well as being named First Team All-Pro.
He was promised a raise of salary by the Patriots, but the ownership reneged. Gray then demanded to be traded.
He was traded to Houston, where he stepped right in and was named to the Pro Bowl again.
He also was named First Team All-Pro. He would repeat those honors the next season.
Gray missed two games in 1980 because of injury, but he was still named First Team All-Pro. It would be the third and final time he would attain this award. He missed the Pro Bowl game because of injuries. He would return to the Pro Bowl the next year for the final time in his career.
Gray then joined the New Orleans Saints in 1982, and appeared in seven games. After playing in 11 games the next season, he retired.
His two First Team All-Pro selections are the second most in team history by an offensive tackle.
TACKLE: Al Jamison
Jamison joined the fledgling Oilers in 1960 as an undrafted rookie. Prior to joining the team, he played a few weeks with the Montreal Alouetttes in 1959, before having to leave the team to attend to his sick father.
He started right away at left tackle for the Oilers, and was named First Team All-AFL his rookie year. Houston would go on to win the first AFL Championship title that year.
Jamison again was named First Team All-AFL in 1961, and played in his first All-Star game. Houston went on to win their second straight AFL title.
Though he made the First Team All-AFL again in 1962, as well as being an AFL All-Star, Jamison retired from football after the Oilers lost in the championship game to the Dallas Texans.
He had suffered a back injury in college that got progressively worse as he played each year.
His three First Team All-Pro selections are the most in team history by an offensive tackle.
Al Jamison is now a judge at Colorado County in Columbus, Texas.
Walt Suggs, Brad Hopkins, Glenn Ray Hines, Michael Roos, and Rich Michael deserve mention.
GUARD: Bob Talamini
Talamini was drafted in the 24th round by the expansion Houston Oilers in the fledgling American Football League before the 1960 season. He was a territorial draft selection, and was the third from last player chosen overall.
When he arrived in Houston, the Oilers had already been in training camp for over a week. Over 300 players were at the camp, yet the league rules stipulated that only 35 players could make each roster. After standing out immediately, Talamini was soon told by head coach Lou Rymkus that he would start.
The Oilers started 17 rookies in their inaugural season, nine alone just on offense. They were led by quarterback George Blanda, a wash out in the NFL who would revitalize his career in Houston and end up in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame. The only only other veteran on offense was seventh year tight end John Carson. Carson had been a Pro Bowl player in 1957 with the Washington Redskins, and would retire from the game after his lone season in the AFL.
Houston was a well balanced team that was equally adept in all facets of the game. They went 10-4 in their first season, then beat the Los Angeles Chargers to capture the first ever AFL Championship. They repeated as champions the next year by defeating the Chargers again in the championship game. Talamini was named to the All-AFL Second Team by both the UPI and the league in 1961.
Houston went to a third consecutive championship game after the 1962 season, but lost in double overtime to the Dallas Texans 20-17. Lasting just six seconds short of 78 minutes, it is still the longest championship game ever played. The Texans would relocate to Kansas City after the game, and rename themselves the Chiefs.
Talamini was named to the All-AFL First Team after that season, and would garner this award every year that followed up until 1967.
Though the Oilers failed to achieve their previous successes, they were a high scoring team over the next several seasons. One of the teams strengths was their rushing attack, which was led by Talamini's blocking prowess. He was excellent versus the pass rush, and was special when it came to pulling out and leading on sweeps.
After the 1967 concluded, he approached Adams for a pay raise. Despite coming off of six consecutive Pro Bowl seasons, at the young age of 28, he was denied his request. Talamini then asked for his immediate release from his contract.
Joe Spencer was an assistant coach on the New York Jets in 1968. He had worked with the Oilers a few years earlier, and was familiar with Talamini. Spencer called him and asked if he would be interested in joining the Jets. Talamini agreed to after being promised a pay raise, so the Jets gave Houston cash for his contract.
The 1968 season was a magical season for the New York Jets. This was a franchise who had struggled to stay in existence just a few years earlier due to poor attendance and play on the field. Things changed when they drafted Joe Namath in 1965. Namath, a future Hall of Fame quarterback, brought the team a lot of publicity and credit as the Jets slowly built a winning team.
The Jets won their last four games of the year, and finished 11-3. They then faced the Oakland Raiders, a team that handed them their last loss, in the AFL Championship Game. New York won 27-23 on a late fourth quarter touchdown pass from Namath to Hall Of Fame wide receiver Don Maynard. The victory propelled the Jets into Super Bowl III, where they faced the heavily favored Baltimore Colts.
New York won the game 16-7, and became the first AFL team to be declared world champions. They won by creating five turnovers on defense, and controlling the ball on offense. The offensive line was led by Talamini and Winston Hill. They paved the way for running back Matt Snell to gain 121 yards on 30 rushing attempts, as well as helping Snell score the teams only touchdown off of a four yard run.
Though he was just 30 years old, and had been on three championship teams in his nine years, Talamini decided to retire from the game to be with his family.
Bob Talamini is a member of the American Football League All-Time Team, and is on the second unit. He is also a member of the AFL Hall of Fame.
GUARD: Sonny Bishop
Bishop was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 11th round of the 1962 AFL Draft, and was the 88th player selected overall. He was also drafted in the 18th round of the NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns that year, the 249th player chosen overall.
He ended up with the Dallas Texans that season due to the 1962 Equalization Draft, and was a reserve. The Texans would go on to win the AFL Championship by defeating the Oilers in the longest championship game in professional football history. Bishop is credited with a reception in that game which lost six yards.
Bishop then joined the Oakland Raiders the next year, and earned a starting job. He then was traded to the Oilers for Billy Cannon. He stepped right in as a starter for Houston.
The UPI named Bishop to their All-AFL Second Team after the 1964 season, and the New York Daily News did the same after the 1965 season.
He made his only All-Star Team after the 1968 season, but he was also named to the Sporting News All-AFL Second Team after the 1969 season. He then retired from the game.
Pro Football Hall Of Fame guards like Bruce Matthews and Mike Munchak, along with AFL Hall Of Fame guard Bob Talamini, are considered the best in franchise history, yet Sonny Bishop was an excellent player as well.
Benji Olson also deserves mention.
CENTER: Bob Schmidt
Schmidt was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals in the 14th round of the 1958 NFL Draft. He was the 159th player chosen overall. He did not make the Cardinals team and was out of football that season.
He joined the New York Giants the next season, and spent the next two years as a reserve. He then joined the Oilers for the 1961 season.
Schmidt was named the starting center that year, and was honored with being placed on the AFL All-Star Team. Houston would go on and win the AFL Championship that year, their second straight title.
Schmidt made the AFL All-Star Team again in 1962. The Oilers would reach the title game again, before losing to the Dallas Texans in the longest professional football championship game ever played.
The 1963 season would be Schmidt's last as both an AFL All-Star and as a member of the Oilers. He joined the Boston Patriots the next season, but was moved to tackle because the Patriots already had All-Star Jon Morris starting at center.
After not playing in 1965, Schmidt joined the Buffalo Bills for the 1966 season. He then played in just seven games the following year, and decided to retire at the conclusion of that 1967 season.
Bob Schmidt's three All-Star appearances are the second most by any center in Oilers history. Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews spent five years at center for the team, and was honored five times.
Carl Mauck, Bobby Maples and Mark Stepnoski all deserve mention.
KICK RETURNER: Bobby Jancik
Jancik was a 19th round draft pick of the Houston Oilers in the 1962 AFL draft, the 151st player chosen overall.
He played six seasons with the Oilers, and is one of the best kick return specialists in AFL history.
Jancik led the AFL in kickoff return average as a rookie with 30.3. He led the AFL in the next year with a career high 45 kickoff returns for a career best 1,317 yards. His 29.3 kickoff return average also led the AFL.
In 1964, he scored the only touchdown of his career by taking a punt for a league leading 82 yards. Jancik also had a career best 18.3 average on 12 punt returns. He also caught one pass for 14 yards.
In 1966, Jancik led the AFL with 34 kickoff returns for 875 yards. Bobby then retired after the 1967 season. He did intercept 15 passes in his career as a cornerback, as well as averaging 9.7 yards on 67 punt returns.
His career average on kickoff returns is an exceptional 26.5 on 158 attempts. The 4,185 kickoff return yards he accumulated in his career still is a franchise record.
KICKER: Al Del Greco
Del Greco joined the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 1984. He played in nine games, replacing Eddie Garcia after the seventh game, and made all 34 of his extra point attempts. He also made nine of his 12 field goal attempts.
After scoring 95 points for the Packers the next year, he scored 80 points in 1986. Del Greco then got off to a bad start for the Packers in 1987, making five of his 10 field goal attempts. Green Bay released him, so the Saint Louis Cardinals signed him to replace rookie Jim Gallery to finish the season.
He stayed with the Cardinals as they moved to Phoenix, Arizona for the 1988 season. He stayed with the club until the end of the 1990 season, then was replaced by Greg Davis. Del Greco then was signed after the tenth game of that season by the Oilers to replace rookie Ian Howfield.
Playing against the Dallas Cowboys in his first game with Houston, he made four field goals, including a 52 yard attempt and a game winning attempt in overtime. He endeared himself immediately to the Oilers fans that day, and would kick with the Oilers until he retired after the 2000 season.
His best season may have been in 1998, when he led the NFL with 36 made field goals on 39 attempts. He also scored a career-best 136 points that year. By the time he retired, Del Greco held team records of points scored in a career, points scored in a single season, field goals attempted and made over a career, extra points made and attempted over a career, and field goals made in a season.
Del Greco missed just two extra point attempts in his time with the team, and only 49 field goal attempts. His 83.4 field goal percentage is the best by any kicker in franchise history with more than 139 attempts, and his extra point percentage of 99.4 is the best ever of anyone with more than 80 attempts.
He is a legend in Tennessee many remember in the Titans magical 1999 season. In their run to the Super Bowl, he made four field goals in a playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. Two were at distances of 43 yards and 49 yards. His 43 yards field goal in Super Bowl XXXIV had tied the score at 16-16 in the fourth quarter against the Saint Louis Rams, which set the stage for the Rams winning pass of 73 yards from Kurt Warner to Isaac Bruce.
Al Del Greco may be the greatest place kicker in Oilers/ Titans history.
Toni Fritsch and Rob Bironas deserve mention. Fritsch led the NFL in field goal percentage three times in his five years with the team, and is the first Pro Bowl kicker in team history. Baronas was the second kicker to accomplish this.