The Tennessee Titans were established on August 3, 1959, as a professional American Football team in Nashville Tennessee. The team plays in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the American Football Conference (AFC) Southern Division. The team was previously called Houston Oilers before they changed their name to Tennessee Titans. The franchise is headquartered in Saint Thomas Sports Park, Nashville Tennessee, and played their first season in 1960 at Nissan Stadium where they started playing as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). As Houston Oilers, the franchise won first two AFL Championships and later joining NFL due to the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
The franchise migrated to Tennessee in 1997 and started playing at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis during that single season before moving to Nashville in 1998 playing at Vanderbilt Stadium. During these first two years, the team was known as Tennessee Oilers and later changed to Tennessee Titans in 1999 playing at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
When the franchise changed its name to Tennessee Titans, the team introduced a new logo consisting of a circle enclosing three stars similar to those found on the State of Tennessee flag. The circle also contains a large T having a trail of flames that resembles a comet. The players’ uniforms had white helmets and red trim with either white or navy jerseys, as well as navy pants that are won with white jerseys.
The team has won two AFL Championships in 1960 and 1961, as well as one Conference Championship in 1999. The team also boasts of a total of 9 Divisional Championships consisting of AFL East in 1960, 1961, 1962, and 1967, AFC Central in 1991, 1993, and 2000, as well as AFC South in 2002 and 2008. Tennessee Titans have had a total of 21 playoff appearances consisting of 4 in the AFL in 1960, 1961, 1962, 1967, and 1969. In the NFL, playoff appearances included 1978, 1979, 1980, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, and 2008.
Some of the team’s players of note include the quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden, running backs David Fluellen and DeMarco Murray, wide receivers Eric Decker and Harry Douglas, tight ends Jonnu Smith and Delanie Walker. Others are offensive linemen such as Jack Conklin and Taylor Lewan, defensive linemen such as Jurrel Casey and Sylvester Williams, linebackers including Daren Bates and Kevin Dodd, and defensive backs such as Kevin Byard and Logan Ryan.
The franchise’s retired numbers include 1 for Warren Moon, 34 for Earl Campbell, 43 for Jim Norton, 63 for Mike Munchak, 65 for Elvin Bethea, and 74 for Bruce Mathews. Pro Football Hall of Fame members includes Sammy Baugh, Elvin Bethea, George Blanda, Earl Campbell, Dave Casper, Curley Culp, Sid Gillman, Ken Houston, John Henry Johnson, Charlie Joiner, Bruce Mathews, Warren Moon, Mike Munchak, and Ken Stabler. Currently, the franchise is owned by KSA Industries, the president is Steve Underwood, and Mike Mularkey is the head coach.