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Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is doing his best to be an ally for his teammates.

Mariota said he supports those of his fellow Titans who have chosen to protest racial inequality and police brutality during the national anthem, since he believes it’s a constructive chance to use their platform.

“It’s an opportunity for them to express their right. When you’re able to bring awareness to some social issues, you give people a voice,” Mariota said Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe. “When it comes down to it, we’re at a point in our careers that we have a platform. If we’re able to use that in the right light, I think it can be something that’s very beneficial.”

Mariota suggested it’s important for players to continue bringing attention to social issues, at least until there are signs that things have improved.

“Until there is actual evidence within the communities of some of these changes, it’s still good to be able to create some awareness to it,” Mariota said. “Some of our guys in the locker room have done a great job of finding avenues to give back to our community and give back to people who need that voice. (I’m) very privileged to be a part of this locker room. I think these guys have done a great job of handling everything, and I look forward to seeing some changes in our community.”

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Randy Moss believes he’ll go down as one of the all-time great players in football history, regardless of how long it takes him to obtain a Hall of Fame jacket.

“First ballot or not, I understand what it is, man,” Moss said Thursday, according to Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “It’s a political war, and I was one of those guys who didn’t play (politics), nor do I intend to play into politics. So I know what I stood for. I know what the game is. I gave my all to the game, 14 years through the ups and downs, I still gave my commitment to the National Football League. Like it or not.”

The former wide receiver will be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame for the first time in 2018. He boasts some of the greatest numbers ever amassed by a wideout, yet the same could be said for Terrell Owens, who was kept out by voters in his first round of eligibility this year.

Moss, like Owens, picked up a reputation early in his career as a poor locker-room presence, and wasn’t always on the greatest of terms with the media. Though, he seemed to turn around his image toward the end of his career.

“All I know is I just played the game to the best of my ability,” Moss said. “I put my mark, I put my stamp, I put my family’s name on football, the National Football League. You can’t get any higher.”

Moss finished his 14-year career ranked second on the NFL’s all-time list in receiving touchdowns and third in receiving yards.

Jerry Rice, Steve Largent, Paul Warfield, and Raymond Berry are the only wide receivers who’ve been elected to the Hall on the first ballot.

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Tennessee Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk revealed Tuesday that one-third of the team is for sale.

Susie Adams Smith is beginning the process of selling her share of the team, and the Titans will not interfere with her decision, Strunk said.

Here is the statement:

Recently Susie (Smith) began the process of selling her portion of KSA Industries, which includes a fractional indirect interest in the Tennessee Titans. We respect her right to make this decision and will cooperate fully with the process, which will not impact team operations in any way.
Regardless of the outcome of this process, I will continue to serve as the controlling owner of the Titans. The remaining two-thirds of the team controlled by myself, Kenneth Adams IV, Barclay Adams and Susan Lewis is not and has never been for sale.
Both personally and as a group, we have invested time, effort, and capital to improve this franchise and we are excited to see the results on and off the field for years to come.

Strunk took over as controlling owner in 2015, also serving as the co-chairman of the team’s board of directors.

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A fireworks mishap during a Fourth of July celebration damaged Nissan Stadium on Tuesday night.

Rather than going off in the air, one of the firework shells landed in the upper deck of the stadium before exploding. Some concrete and some seats were blown out, according to Terry McCormick of Titans Insider.

“It took place toward the end of the show,” said Lansden Hill, owner of Pyro Shows, which was responsible for the fireworks. “The shells are supposed to go off in the air, but this one came back down and didn’t go off until it landed in the upper deck.

“It was just one of those things that will occasionally happen. That’s why the fire code requires that we keep the crowd a certain area away from it. We know out of every 1,000 shells, not all of them are going to work right.”

Monica Fawknotson, the director of Metro Sports Authority, said there were no injuries and upcoming events aren’t expected to be impacted. She confirmed that Pyro Shows is responsible for the cost of the repairs.

The Titans’ first home game of the year is set for Aug. 19, a Week 2 preseason matchup with the Carolina Panthers.

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It’s always been assumed that tension between Vince Young and Jeff Fisher led to their breakup in Tennessee, but now the former third overall pick is sharing his side of the story.

In an extensive interview with Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop, Young couldn’t help but take shots at his former head coach.

“I’m going to expose his ass,” Young said of Fisher before going on to accuse Fisher of backstabbing him by airing their private business in the media and at one point ordering a team plane to take off without a tardy Young on board.

Young said he felt as if Fisher abandoned him; Fisher claims the opposite.

Young also took some shots at NFL journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, a player whose job Young believes he himself deserves to have.

“I hate to name-drop, but Fitzpatrick is still playing!? He leads the league in interceptions, and he’s still f—ing getting paid? I mean, what the f— is going on?”

Fitzpatrick hasn’t led the NFL in interceptions since 2011, but ranked in the top three last season.

Young recently tried to kickstart his football career by signing with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, but got injured and was cut before the season began.

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The Tennessee Titans and free-agent wide receiver Eric Decker have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, the team confirmed Sunday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report the story.

Decker was released by the New York Jets on June 12 after three seasons with the club. The veteran wide receiver was placed on injured reserve in October with a shoulder injury and was limited to three games.

After being released, Decker made his lone visit with the Titans on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old is now expected to aid a receiving corps that includes 2017 first-round pick Corey Davis, Rishard Matthews, Tajae Sharpe, and Harry Douglas.

Decker’s two years removed from an 80-reception, 1,027-yard season in which he scored 12 touchdowns.

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Having witnessed everything the rest of the football world saw during Ezekiel Elliott‘s rookie season, DeMarco Murray also seems to be coming away every bit as impressed.

Asked about the Dallas Cowboys‘ single-season rushing record he set back in 2014, the Tennessee Titans running back said it’s only a matter of time before Elliott surpasses him.

“Nah, he’ll get it someday. He’ll get it someday,” Murray said, according to Conor Orr of NFL.com. “That ain’t gonna last too long … ”

“He’s a tough guy. A tough guy. As running backs we’re supposed to run the ball but I’m really impressed with his catching ability and blocking. Those are two things for me, where I got a lot of respect for him.”

Murray bested Emmitt Smith’s long-standing franchise mark with 1,845 yards before moving on to join the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 and landing with the Titans in a trade this past year.

Despite sitting out Week 17 to rest for the playoffs, Elliott finished his debut season with 1,631 yards to lead the league by a wide margin.

If the instant production can be taken as any indication, falling 177 yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s all-time rookie record, perhaps Murray is correct to suggest that Elliott is only just getting started.