A pair of former first-round picks by the Titans – receiver Kenny Brit (2009) and guard Chance Warmack (2013) – are at Super Bowl LII. Here this week, they talked about their road to get here.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Kenny Britt arrived in the NFL in 2009, a first-round pick by the Titans with loads of potential.
Here at Super Bowl LII, as a member of the New England Patriots, a bearded Britt looked back at his 20-year-old self and smiled.
“Was I ready for the league?,” Britt said. “On the field? Definitely, no problem at all. Off the field? I wish I had better people around me. But I don’t regret anything I have been through. It shaped me to be the person I am and helped me get here today.”
Chance Warmack was a first-round pick by the Titans in the 2013 NFL Draft, the 10th overall pick that season. He’s now with the Philadelphia Eagles, but playing in a back-up role, like Britt.
As he prepares for Sunday’s Super Bowl, he also considers himself fortunate, and much more mature compared to when he first walked in an NFL locker room. His days with the Titans helped shape him, he said.“I’ve grown up a lot,” Warmack said. “I had just turned 21 years old, man. I grew up a whole lot in Tennessee. But I had a lot of different mentors, and players, who taught me some things. I was able to learn things, and it helped me. I don’t have any regrets, and I appreciate the opportunity the Titans gave me, and everything they taught me.”
On Sunday, either Britt or Warmack will win a Super Bowl ring. Their respective careers have taken them on some unexpected detours, especially Britt. But the players said they appreciate the lessons learned along the way.
Britt, a receiver, was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on Dec. 13, 2017, and he’s played sparingly. Originally drafted 30th overall by Tennessee, Britt played five seasons in Tennessee before signing with the Rams in 2014, and he had a mammoth 1,002-yard season in 2016. He cashed that in for a big contract with the Browns, but was released after playing just nine games. The Patriots signed him, and he’s now here for the Super Bowl.
Britt’s had some big moments in his career, which includes 329 career catches, 5,137 receiving yards, and 39 touchdowns. He’ll always be remembered as the guy who caught Vince Young’s touchdown pass on the final play of a 99-yard drive to beat the Cardinals in 2009, but he also knows his career fell short of expectations in Tennessee, especially in his mind. Britt never caught more than 45 passes with the Titans in any one season. One year was cut short because of an ACL tear, others slowed down because of injuries and a lack of discipline.
Britt said he still keeps up with guys like Young, Nate Washington, Keith Bulluck, LenDale White, Lavelle Hawkins.
“I remember all the days in Tennessee, the good ones, the bad ones, they all changed me in some way,” Britt said. “Me and my wife will always hold Nashville close to ours hearts. It’s a city I could see us going back to and retiring. Our daughter was born there. So we have a lot of memories.”
Warmack started 48 games over four seasons with the Titans, but only played in two games in 2016 after opting to have surgery on a finger injury. It set him on a course to free agency.After signing with the Eagles during the offseason, Warmack played in 11 games, with three starts at guard, during the regular season. He said he learned from his time in Tennessee, and has no regrets. He called his decision to have surgery rather than continue playing last year “a business decision.”
“I was young when I came into the league,” Warmack said. “If you would have told me in 2013 I wasn’t going to be with the Titans any more, I would have told you: I don’t believe you. But this is the NFL, and it’s a business. It’s about the relationships you build with coaches and players. Those will never go away, whether it was with the Titans, or the Eagles now. I am just happy to be in this situation.”
Warmack was active and in uniform, but did not play in the NFC Championship Game for the Eagles.
Britt was among New England’s inactives in the AFC Championship Game.
Here this week, they’re soaking in the experience. At this point it’s unclear what kind of role they could have on Sunday. Britt and Warmack said they appreciate the support they still receive from those they played with in Tennessee.
“I am blessed to me here, taking it all in,” Britt said. “I am just relishing the opportunity.”