Harriman, Tenn. (WVLT/titansonline.com) -- With stops in Johnson City, Memphis and all points in between, the Tennessee Titans caravan is criss-crossing the state.
Among the Titans in East Tennessee on Monday was 2-time all-pro defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch. Vanden Bosch was in Harriman at the Roane State Community College Expo Center before making his way to West Town Mall in Knoxville.
Titans Caravan XII will make a total of 44 stops over a span nine travel days. In addition to using the Caravan as a way to thank the team’s fans throughout the Mid-South, this year’s Caravan will celebrate the organization’s 50th season in professional football.
Vanden Bosch is entering his fifth season with the Titans and ninth overall NFL season. A hard worker who shows relentless effort on the field, he has registered a team-high 35.5 sacks since joining the team and has led the team’s defensive linemen in tackles in three of his four seasons. Despite missing six games in 2008, Vanden Bosch still finished fourth on the team with 18 quarterback pressures and amassed 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 10 games.
Over the last 11 years, Titans Caravan has made nearly 600 stops, traveled approximately 50,000 miles, visited over 200 schools and shaken hands with over 100,000 fans. The number of autographs signed and pictures taken is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands.
Titans Caravan began in 1998 as a small effort to spread goodwill through the region. The current Caravan includes six full-time staffers that travel with Titans players, broadcasters and T-Rac throughout the Mid-South on a specially-decorated motor coach from Premiere Transportation.