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Fernando Velasco
C #61
Height:
6-4
Weight:
312
College:
Georgia
Experience:
4

Biography

PRO: Fernando Velasco is coming off his third full season on the Titans’  active roster.  The former undrafted free agent appeared in all 48 games from 2010-2012 with 19 starts, including getting the starting nod in all 16 games in 2012.  Velasco spent the majority of his first two years with the Titans on the practice squad.  A versatile player that can line up at center or guard, he will compete for a starting spot at an interior line position in 2013.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2012, Velasco started all 16 games for the first time in his career.  He made 13 starts at center and three starts at left guard.
•    In 2010, Velasco saw action in all 16 games with three starts.  He made his first career NFL start at left guard at Dallas (10/10/10).
•    After spending a season and a half on the practice squad, Velasco made his first regular season appearance at San Francisco on Nov. 8, 2009.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    During the 2013 offseason, Velasco got engaged to Tieashia Odom while on a short vacation to the Cayman Islands.  He proposed to his girlfriend of four years after swimming with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove.
•    In 2010, Velasco started a foundation called Right C.H.O.I.C.E.S. which  is an acronym for Christ Humility Opportunity Integrity Character Education and Success.  The foundation sponsors a free camp for kids age 8-14 in his hometown every summer.  More than 200 kids attend the camp each year.
•    Velasco enjoys bowling, golfing, watching movies and playing basketball in his spare time.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Wrens, Ga., native was originally signed by the Titans as a rookie free agent on May 2, 2008.
•    Waived on Aug. 30, 2008 and signed to the practice squad on Aug. 31, 2008.
•    Re-signed as a free agent by the Titans on Jan. 12, 2009.
•    Waived on Sept. 5, 2009 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 6, 2009.
•    Signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. 7, 2009.
•    Waived on on Nov. 14, 2009 and signed to the practice squad on Nov. 17, 2009.
•    Signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Dec. 30, 2009.

COLLEGE:
•    Played 50 games with 26 starts at Georgia.
•    As a senior (2007), started all 13 games at center and received All-SEC second-team honors.
•    As a junior (2006), started all 13 games at strong-side offensive guard.
•    Played 12 games in both freshman (2004) and sophomore (2005) seasons.
•    Received degree in health and physical education from Georgia.

PERSONAL:  
•    Single, splits time between Nashville and Wrens, Ga.
•    Was four-year letterman as defensive tackle and offensive tackle at Jefferson County High School in Wrens, Ga.  Selected to Georgia All-State team as senior.
•    Also played basketball two years in high school.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Life”; (TV show) “Family Matters”; (actor) Denzel Washington; (food) fried chicken; (vacation spot) Miami; (school subject) math; (car) Cadillac Escalade; (video game) Madden NFL; and (author) Joel Osteen.
•    Born Fernando Antonio Velasco on Feb. 22, 1985 in Harris, N.Y.

PRO: Fernando Velasco is coming off his third full season on the Titans’  active roster.  The former undrafted free agent appeared in all 48 games from 2010-2012 with 19 starts, including getting the starting nod in all 16 games in 2012.  Velasco spent the majority of his first two years with the Titans on the practice squad.  A versatile player that can line up at center or guard, he will compete for a starting spot at an interior line position in 2013.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2012, Velasco started all 16 games for the first time in his career.  He made 13 starts at center and three starts at left guard.
•    In 2010, Velasco saw action in all 16 games with three starts.  He made his first career NFL start at left guard at Dallas (10/10/10).
•    After spending a season and a half on the practice squad, Velasco made his first regular season appearance at San Francisco on Nov. 8, 2009.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    During the 2013 offseason, Velasco got engaged to Tieashia Odom while on a short vacation to the Cayman Islands.  He proposed to his girlfriend of four years after swimming with the dolphins at Dolphin Cove.
•    In 2010, Velasco started a foundation called Right C.H.O.I.C.E.S. which  is an acronym for Christ Humility Opportunity Integrity Character Education and Success.  The foundation sponsors a free camp for kids age 8-14 in his hometown every summer.  More than 200 kids attend the camp each year.
•    Velasco enjoys bowling, golfing, watching movies and playing basketball in his spare time.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Wrens, Ga., native was originally signed by the Titans as a rookie free agent on May 2, 2008.
•    Waived on Aug. 30, 2008 and signed to the practice squad on Aug. 31, 2008.
•    Re-signed as a free agent by the Titans on Jan. 12, 2009.
•    Waived on Sept. 5, 2009 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 6, 2009.
•    Signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Nov. 7, 2009.
•    Waived on on Nov. 14, 2009 and signed to the practice squad on Nov. 17, 2009.
•    Signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Dec. 30, 2009.

COLLEGE:
•    Played 50 games with 26 starts at Georgia.
•    As a senior (2007), started all 13 games at center and received All-SEC second-team honors.
•    As a junior (2006), started all 13 games at strong-side offensive guard.
•    Played 12 games in both freshman (2004) and sophomore (2005) seasons.
•    Received degree in health and physical education from Georgia.

PERSONAL:  
•    Single, splits time between Nashville and Wrens, Ga.
•    Was four-year letterman as defensive tackle and offensive tackle at Jefferson County High School in Wrens, Ga.  Selected to Georgia All-State team as senior.
•    Also played basketball two years in high school.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Life”; (TV show) “Family Matters”; (actor) Denzel Washington; (food) fried chicken; (vacation spot) Miami; (school subject) math; (car) Cadillac Escalade; (video game) Madden NFL; and (author) Joel Osteen.
•    Born Fernando Antonio Velasco on Feb. 22, 1985 in Harris, N.Y.
 
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YearTeamGGS
TOTAL 67 36
2014 CAR 7 6
2013 PIT 11 11
2012 TEN 16 16
2011 TEN 16 0
2010 TEN 16 3
2009 TEN 1 0

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