It’s Titans/Oilers Mt. Rushmore time

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The Tennessee Titans have been around for a lot longer than the name was coined.  Before that, they were the Tennessee Oilers, and previously the Houston Oilers.

The various iterations of the franchise founded by Bud Adams and his periodic double-barreled middle fingers ultimately will have four members of its own Mt. Rushmore, to be unveiled next month on NBC Sports Network’s Pro Football Talk.

And, yes, if Adams makes it, the double-barreled middle fingers will be included.

With that in mind, make your nominations below for the folks who should be on it.

117 responses to “It’s Titans/Oilers Mt. Rushmore time

  1. Bruce Matthews
    Warren Moon
    Bud Adams
    Earl Campbell
    Steve McNair
    Eddie George
    Mike Munchak
    Elvin Bethea
    Frank Wycheck

  2. The Core Four:

    Earl “The Pearl” Campbell
    Warren Moon
    Bruce Matthews
    Mike Munchak

    Just barely missing the cut, because “There can be only four!” –

    Elvin Bethea

    As with the Colts, no Honorable Mentions due to the challenge of satisfying two upset fan bases as it is.

  3. Warren Moon
    Bruce Matthews
    Steve McNair
    Earl Campbell

    Eddie George just misses out.

  4. wasnt a fan until they came to tennessee so i have to say ….. steve mcnair, eddie george, frank wycheck, and bruce matthews.

    may upset some people but sorry.

  5. Warren Moon, Earl Campbell, Eddie George…

    And though others might be more deserving, I can’t not say Steve McNair. He’s a big reason I became a fan.

  6. I don’t see how you can skip Bud Adams.

    Then Mr Campbell. Duh.

    Here’s where it starts getting murky. I’d go Moon and Matthews, personally. Eddie G is a close one too, as is Wycheck.

  7. Earl Campbell
    Bruce Matthews
    Steve McNair

    And I can not believe nobody has said Dan Pastorini. By the way if you are a Oiler fan you must read his book “Taking Flack”!

  8. Should almost have a separate list just for the Oilers…

    As I only started following once they made the move, I’d go:

    Steve McNair
    Eddie George
    Frank Wycheck
    Bruce Matthews

  9. Elvin Bethea
    Earl Campbell
    Bruce Matthews
    Steve McNair

    Moon is a better player than McNair, but he is
    just such a D-bag, I can’t list him…

  10. I was a huge Houston Oiler fan, the best Titan team that went to the SuperBowl didn’t even win the division that year, if Jeff Fisher coached the 90’s Oilers we’d probably be calling the 93 Oilers one of the best of all time, they were comparable to todays Cowboys, all kinds of talent won games dispite coaching. I don’t know how one can consider Eddie George or Steve McNair on the mountain, over players that are in the hall of fame, but if I HAD to from the Titans it would be George. You definitely put Moon in way before McNair just because his path and accomplishments were above and beyond of what McNair accomplished, think with your heads and not your hearts. I loved McNair but before Moon? No way…Here’s the list.

    1. Warren Moon
    2. Earl Campbell
    3. Bruce Mathews
    4. Eddie George

  11. Again….McNair over Moon is just blasphemy, that guy love him or hate him for his comments on Tebow or Cam Newton was one of game’s purest passers ever.

  12. How can no one vote for Bum Phillips? Other than Fisher, has this franchise had a more respected coach? Players loved them both. Just askin.

  13. George Blanda
    Charley Hennigan
    Ernie Ladd
    George Webster
    Elvin Bethea
    Ken Houston
    Earl Campbell
    Warren Moon
    Bruce Matthews
    Mike Munchak
    Steve McNair

  14. My first thought was Earl Campbell, Warren Moon, Eddie George, Steve McNair. I could certainly see George losing out to Matthews, though; that might make more sense. Sorry, Dan Pastorini.

    Bud Adams can go to hell for moving the team.

  15. Bum Phillips – He never had as much to work with as that other Texas team, but he did dang good.
    Warren Moon – He “made” the Oilers.
    Earl “The Pearl” – Need I say more? Near perfection.
    Steve McNair – Tennessee got respect while he played.

  16. Earl Campbell
    Warren Moon
    Bum Philips
    Bruce Matthews

    McNair had better years for the Ravens, Stabler for the Raiders, some other good players but sadly this is another team like my Cardinals which is best at letting good players go other places.

  17. The Anger Management Mt Rushmore:

    Bud Adams giving the finger
    Warren Moon punching (at his wife – allegedly)
    Buddy Ryan punching (at Kevin Gilbride)
    Bum Phillips kicking (“…the son of a bitch in”)

  18. McNair HAS to be up there. This made the whole move to TN possible & was the face of the franchise for all those turbulent years.

    McNair
    Campbell
    Fisher
    Moon or Munchak, toss up

  19. Love for White Shoes lol, but no vote. Love for Ray Childress and Earnest Givens too, but no vote there either.

    1st. Im a bigger Titans fan than any of you if for any other reason I respect (and love) the history of the franchise! I think Bud adams is a worthless waste of air but its been an awesome franchise.

    1. Greatest player in team history, Earl Campbell.
    2. The heart and soul of the Titans, #9.
    3. Easily the greatest lineman ever, Bruce Matthews.
    The last spot can go several ways. Fisher, Eddie (franchises top rb), Drew Hill (franchises top wr), Moon, greatest passer in the world (over 100,000 career yards passing). Or even Del Greco, Wycheck, Darryl Lewis or Vernon Perry. Call me a homer, but Ill go with the guy who vaulted them from 8-8 to 13-3 and to the superbowl nearly single handedly,
    4. Jevon Kearse (if you don’t remember google him in ’99)

  20. Bruce Matthews
    Mike Munchak
    Warren Moon
    Earl Campbell

    I know its sad, but I want to put J.J. Watt, because I still can’t believe what he did last season.

    Hurt.

  21. Earl Campbell
    Warren Moon
    Bruce Matthews
    George Webster

    Honorable Mention:
    Dan Pastorini
    Mike Renfro
    …for the “catch, that wasn’t”
    (for you old folks, so famous, they wrote a song about it: “I got both my feet down and still I didn’t get the point…I say, the referee, musta been smokin’ a joint!” — Wide Receiver–Michael Henderson)

  22. I don’t care if you only became a fan once they moved to Tenn. If your list doesn’t include Campbell, you’re an idiot.

    If Bud Adams somehow makes the cut, you can always use a pic of Jabba the Hut to sit in while they sculpt his face if Bud can’t make the time.

  23. Bishop before bullock, but taking neither for top 4. It was Tyler Rose not Earl the Pearl, that’s Earl Monroe. Robert Brazile!!!! How about some Cris DISHMAN love!! And how in the world did we not mention Mike Rienfeldt, how many times can you get screwed over by the same owner in a career? Ask Mike!

  24. Earl Campbell
    Bruce Matthews
    Warren Moon
    Steve McNair
    Blanda
    Wycheck
    Eddie George
    Pastorini
    Munchak
    Bulluck
    Bishop
    Dishman
    Mason–borderline–not sure which team he really put up better numbers with–Tennessee or Baltimore.

    HM: Hill and Givens were pretty damn good receivers.

  25. Billy “White Shoes” Johnson
    Bruce Matthews
    Earl Campbell
    Eddie George

    Honorable mention:
    Warren Moon
    Javon Kearse- 1 season of such excellence!

  26. AFC CENTRAL fan here.

    Warren Moon
    Bruce Matthews
    Steve McNair
    Eddie George

    Bud Adams and his double barreled birds can go to hell with Art Modell for moving the team.

  27. How about Bruce Matthews, Mike Munchak, Brad Hopkins and Curley Culp!!! That’s 3 and 1/2 hall of fame offensive lineman folks!!! Well, Curly played both off and def lol

  28. for those dumbasses that think the world started in 1990..
    WR Charlie Hennigan
    RB Earl “the Tyler Rose” Campbell (not pearl U ass)
    DE Elvin Bethea
    OL Bruce Matthews
    honorable mention Moon, Tolar, Culp and Munchak

  29. New here, but wanted to correct what I consider to be a serious oversight.

    Curley Culp – he made Bum’s 34 D go

    Earl Campbell
    Warren Moon
    Elvin Bethea

    Bum Phillips as coach

    Should Have Been – Kenny Houston. Why the traded him to the Redskins I still don’t know.

  30. Have to go with separate Mt. Rushmores here, just like with the Colts–

    Houston:

    George Blanda
    Earl Campbell
    Elvin Bethea
    Warren Moon

    Honorable mention–Bum Phillips, Robert Brazile, Charlie Hennegan, Haywood Jeffires, Drew Hill

    Tennessee:

    Steve McNair
    Eddie George
    Bruce Matthews
    Jeff Fisher

    No honorable mentions

  31. Earl Campbell
    Warren Moon
    Steve McNair
    Bruce Matthews

    Honorable Mention: Eddie George, Frank Wycheck, Robert Brazile, Elvin Bethea, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson

  32. I used to like the Oliers back in the day so Ill do an honorable mention

    1 Warren Moon
    2 Earl Campbell
    3 Bruce Matthews
    4 Steve McNair

    HM:
    Blaine Bishop
    Frank Wycheck
    Ray Childress
    Eddie George
    Drew Hill
    Lorenzo White

  33. From a non-fan’s perspective…

    Earl Campbell
    Jeff Fisher
    Warren Moon
    Bruce Matthews

    This was a lot harder than I thought. There are some surprisingly great people left ff this list.

    HM: McNair (could easily replace Fisher, above), Eddie George, Bum Phillips, Dan Pastorini.

  34. Steve McNair
    Earl Campbell
    Warren Moon
    Bruce Matthews

    (along with a complimentary statue beside the mountain of Buddy Ryan slugging Kevin Gilbride)

  35. Earl Campbell
    Warren Moon
    Bruce Matthews
    George Blanda

    Honorable mention: Ray Childress, Steve McNair, Haywood Jeffries, Eddie George, Bum Philips, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson

  36. Campbell
    Moon
    Mathhews
    Bud Adams (sorry, but original AFL owners still in the game get the nod)

  37. There’s no way you can have a list without Earl.

    Earl
    Warren Moon
    Bruce Matthews
    Mike Munchak

    HM: Jeff Fisher

  38. Blanda, Moon, Campbell, Bethea. Plus a mention for a couple of good all-pro receivers from the 70’s: “00” Kenny Burrough, and TE Alvin Reed as I didn’t see them mentioned.

  39. if its just the Tennessee guys:

    Eddie George
    Steve McNair
    Blaine Bishop
    Keith Bulluck

    if we’re including players who really belong on a rock in the city of Houston:

    Earl
    Moon
    George
    McNair

  40. Amazes me that people don’t look a the history of the team and the championships in the AFL. Blanda, Cannon, Hennigan to name a few. Come on people, these guys won the only championships in the history of the franchise.
    For the Houston Oilers!!!

  41. Moon
    Campbell
    McNair (MVP&face of TN franchise)
    Muncheck (HOF&coach-has never left franchise)

    Im a Buckeye, so hard to leave Eddie off this list.
    Munch>Mathews due to HC status
    Almost willing to place Fisher>Munch. Almost

  42. People putting up CJ2K are delusional. I HATE the Titans but LOVED the Oilers. I don’t think Eddie George deserves to be up their either.

    Earl
    Moon
    McNair
    Adams

    I absolutely despise Bud Adams for the games he played with the city of Houston and then moved the team anyway. That said, he’s an original founder of the AFC and his contribution to the NFL is undeniable.

  43. As a fairly young NFL fan (26), I don’t have any memories of the Oilers. However, it would be wrong not to include Campbell and Moon.

    For my other two, they have to be McNair and George. They were the face of the late 90s/early 2000s Titans. I don’t like leaving out players like Mason, Kearse, and Wycheck, but those are my four.

    Earl Campbell
    Warren Moon
    Steve McNair
    Eddie George

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