With the 2010 NFL Draft 35 days away, I will look back at the 35 picks the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/ Tennessee Titans have made in franchise history. And on the 35th day, I will reveal what I believe the Titans should do with their 16th pick.
George Webster was a Linebacker selected with the 5th overall pick of the 1967 NFL Draft out of Michigan State. At the time, the Titans were the Houston Oilers. Even though he played as a Defensive Back in college, standing at 6’4” and 225 pounds, he would transition to Linebacker in the pros. In his first professional game, he collected 15 tackles. Over the course of his rookie season, he would average more than 10 tackles a game. He was the AFL Rookie of the Year. During his career, one in which he also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and New England Patriots, he would be a 3-time All-Pro selection. Webster’s post-NFL life however ended on a sad tone. In 1989, he applied for benefits for being totally disabled. However, the NFL decided that he did not meet the definition of being totally disabled. In 1998, the Supreme Court allowed a finding by the NFL which said Webster’s disability was not due to football-related injuries. On April 19, 2007, Webster died in Houston, Texas.