Titans-Colts Week: Team Connections

A complete list of connections between the players and staff of both the Colts and Titans

  • Titans linebacker David Thornton signed as a free agent with the Titans in March 2006 after playing four seasons in Indianapolis. He totaled 47 starts, 394 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions with the Colts.


  • Titans linebacker Gilbert Gardner was claimed off waivers by the Titans in May 2007. Originally a third-round draft choice by the Colts (69th overall), he played 37 games for them and totaled 97 tackles, one sack and one interception.


  • Titans cornerback Nick Harper originally signed as a free agent with the Colts in 2001. In six seasons in Indianapolis, he started 60 games and totaled 383 tackles and 15 interceptions. The Titans signed Harper as an unrestricted free agent in March 2007.


  • Titans tight end Ben Hartsock was drafted by the Colts in the third round (68th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He totaled six receptions for 41 yards as a member of the Colts before being claimed off waivers by the Titans on Oct. 25, 2006.


  • Colts quarterback Peyton Manning ranked third in NCAA history in passing yards and total offense for his efforts as a four-year starter for the University of Tennessee from 1994-1997.


  • Titans Head Coach Jeff Fisher was the defensive coordinator for the Los Angels Rams in 1991 when Colts defensive line coach John Teerlinck was a Rams assistant.


  • Colts wide receivers coach Clyde Christensen coached quarterbacks and receivers at East Tennessee State from 1980-1982.


  • Colts linebacker Rocky Boiman was a fourthround draft choice by the Titans in 2002. He played 54 games in four seasons with the Titans before joining the Colts as an unrestricted free agent in 2006.


  • Colts special teams coach Russ Purnell coached special teams for the Oilers/Titans from 1995- 1998. Under his coaching, Titans punter Craig Hentrich received Pro Bowl honors in 1998.


  • Titans running backs coach Sherman Smith and Colts offensive quality control coach Pete Metzelaars played together for the Seattle Seahawks in 1982.


  • Smith played running back for the Seattle Seahawks from 1976-1982 while Colts offensive line coach Howard Mudd served as a coach there (1978-1982).


  • Titans C Kevin Mawae played for the Seahawks from 1994-97. The last three of those years, Colts linebackers coach Mike Murphy served in the same capacity in Seattle.


  • Titans LB David Thornton was a walk-on freshman at the University of North Carolina in 1998, the same year Colts assistant strength and conditioning coach Richard Howell joined the UNC staff as a graduate assistant.


  • Colts tight ends coach Ricky Thomas taught human development and coached football, wrestling and track and field at the McCallie School in Chattanooga.


  • Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow held the same position at Brigham Young University from 1996-1999 when Colts linebacker Rob Morris (IR) played there.



  • Notable college teammates: Titans LB Keith Bulluck with Colts DE Dwight Freeney (IR) at Syracuse … Titans T Daniel Loper and Colts G/T Dylan Gandy at Texas Tech ... Titans WR David Givens with Colts LB Rocky Boiman at Notre Dame ... Titans S Calvin Lowry with Colts DT Ed Johnson at Penn State ... Titans LB David Thornton with Colts C Jeff Saturday at North Carolina.

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