Titans’ Quarterback Marcus Mariota brings smiles to Port Royal Park in Spring Hill


Titans’ Quarterback Marcus Mariota brings smiles to Port Royal Park in Spring Hill

PHOTO: Titans’ Quarterback Marcus Mariota signs a football for a young fan at Port Royal Park in Spring Hill Tuesday. / Photos by Alexander Willis

By ALEXANDER WILLIS

After some slight delays from Williamson County’s well-known traffic, the Titans’ Caravan made a stop in Spring Hill Tuesday evening where Titans’ Quarterback Marcus Mariota met and greeted hundreds of fans of all ages.

Spring Hill is no stranger to Titan fanatics, with some residents asking the city parks and rec department if they could camp out at Port Royal Park. While fans weren’t allowed to spend the night at the park, plenty did show up nearly seven hours before the caravan arrived, eager to be first in line to meet the Titans’ star players.

A wave of cheers greeted the large black caravan when it arrived at around 7 p.m., with Mariota first heading to a group of reporters. One such reporter asked Mariota how much he enjoyed the chance to meet with his younger fans, to which Mariota said that was “what it’s about.”

“I was once one of those kids that just tried to soak it up as much as I could,” Mariota said. “We want these kids to go live their dreams and have aspirations, but it’s always just a good time I think for all of us to be able to come out and share a little bit.”

After speaking with reporters, Mariota’s first stop was to meet young members of the Spring Hill Hawks youth sports organization, where dozens of kids reached out to the star player, handing him footballs and photos for him to sign.

Back towards the park’s splash pad, hundreds of fans were lined up waiting to get their one-on-one meeting with Mariota, with some having waited for hours. Titans mascot T-Rac the raccoon also made an appearance, taking photos with kids and fans waiting in line.

The next stop for the Titans Caravan will be in Nashville on Wednesday, where it will make two stops; first at 2:30 p.m. at Kroger, 3930 Clarksville Highway, and secondly at 3:30 p.m. at YMCA, 3700 Ashland City Highway. Both events are free to attend.

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