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Deshea Townsend
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Biography

Deshea Townsend enters his second season with the Titans as secondary coach, his fourth season as an NFL coach and 17th year as a player or coach in the NFL.

He joined the Titans after three seasons as the cornerbacks coach for Mississippi State. He played the majority of his 13-year NFL career for the Pittsburgh Steelers, including six seasons (2004-09) with Dick LeBeau as the defensive coordinator. Townsend won two Super Bowls (XL and XLIII) as a player with the Steelers.

Last year, his secondary group tallied 10 interceptions and 71 passes defensed as multiple players earned significant playing time. Four safeties regularly rotated during the season and rookie safety Kevin Byard ranked fifth on the team in tackles (63) while starting seven games.
Deshea Townsend enters his second season with the Titans as secondary coach, his fourth season as an NFL coach and 17th year as a player or coach in the NFL.

He joined the Titans after three seasons as the cornerbacks coach for Mississippi State. He played the majority of his 13-year NFL career for the Pittsburgh Steelers, including six seasons (2004-09) with Dick LeBeau as the defensive coordinator. Townsend won two Super Bowls (XL and XLIII) as a player with the Steelers.

Last year, his secondary group tallied 10 interceptions and 71 passes defensed as multiple players earned significant playing time. Four safeties regularly rotated during the season and rookie safety Kevin Byard ranked fifth on the team in tackles (63) while starting seven games.
 
In his three seasons at Mississippi State (2013-15), Townsend helped the Bulldogs 2014 defense lead the nation in passes defended (89), passes broken up (73) and were 15th nationally in interceptions with 15. In 2013, the Bulldogs defense ranked fifth in the SEC in passing defense, allowing only 205.2 yards through the air.  

Townsend entered the coaching ranks in 2011, as the assistant defensive backs coach for the Arizona Cardinals for two seasons.

As a player in the NFL (Pittsburgh 1998-09; Indianapolis 2010), he played in 191 games (80 starts) and tallied 21 interceptions, 428 tackles, 15.5 sacks, three touchdowns, five fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles.

Townsend was a four-year starter and a captain at the University of Alabama and was a fourth-round selection by the Steelers in 1998.

Born in Batesville, Miss., Townsend played quarterback for South Panola High School and as a senior led his school to the 5A state championship game in 1992.

Deshea Townsend’s Coaching Timeline:
2016-17: Secondary, Tennessee Titans
2013-2015: Cornerbacks, Mississippi State
2011-2012: Assistant Defensive Backs, Arizona Cardinals

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