Hopkins Officially Retires

Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by goTitans.com, Jun 15, 2006.

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  1. goTitans.com

    goTitans.com A living legend. Staff

    SUMMARY: On Wednesday, T Brad Hopkins announced his retirement. Hopkins' 13-year career saw him have 188 starts at left tackle and two Pro Bowls. "These guys I played with and the guys that coached me, that’s what it’s all about," Hopkins said in his press conference yesterday. "Getting up and going to work wasn’t hard because I was surrounded by guys that wanted to hold it together. The fight is hard. The competition is hard. But when you know that the guys surrounding you, you just have an innate love for each other, it makes it easy, and that’s why we play this game. Ultimately, winning is the most important thing, but those relationships that you make and the camaraderie and the brotherhood, those are the things that are going to be most missed. I love all you guys, and I hate the fact that I’m standing up here telling you that I’m going to miss you because I’m going to. But I’ll be around. Good luck."

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  2. Titansfan10

    Titansfan10 Camp Fodder

    a true warrior...
  3. wplatham

    wplatham U of M Class of 2012

    Thanks for all of those years of protecting Steve's blindside, Brad. Good luck with your broadcasting career.
  4. Titansfan10

    Titansfan10 Camp Fodder

    how do you think our O-line will do this season?
  5. TitanJeff

    TitanJeff Kahuna Grande Staff

    I think the OL will be the key to the offense's success in '06. I try to be optimistic but you have to think it'll be tough early.

    Roos likely won't be an upgrade over Hopkins until he gets some experience on the left side. Despite Hopkins' obvious decline these past couple of seasons, he was still better than average, IMO.

    With the question marks on the right tackle side, it tells me there is no clear cut favorite right now. Whether it is Bell, Stewart or Loper, you have a lot of inexperience there and a drop from Roos play last year.

    I'm baffled at the Titans approach at the G spot. Piller and Olson have both been disappointments to me and I can't believe one or both weren't upgraded. Now we are hearing they are slimming down a bit which makes you wonder how that'll improve their ability to get a push against big tackles when it's been one of their problems for some time.

    The center position is a question mark until Mawae can show he can play at a high level. You'd think if he was a sure thing, he'd never been released in New York. But I think he'll be an upgrade over Hartwig.

    I personally don't see the OL being better entering the season than the unit who started '05. But they'll hopefully improve as they gain experience and gel as a unit.
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