PRO: Through five NFL seasons, Titans defensive back Vincent Fuller has garnered a reputation as a dedicated worker, fierce competitor and a versatile defender with a knack for being around the ball. He was rewarded during the 2009 offseason with a multi-year contract extension. His full-time role since the beginning of the 2007 season has been as the team’s nickel defensive back, while he also maintains significant responsibilities on special teams. After playing both cornerback and safety at Virginia Tech, Fuller’s contributions as a rookie in 2005 were cut short two games into the season, when a right fibula injury landed him on injured reserve. He returned to play in every game as a special teams leader in his second season, paving the way to step into the nickel role in his third campaign.
• In his first five seasons (2005-09), Fuller registered five interceptions, and four of those were returned for touchdowns. He scored twice on interceptions during both the 2007 and 2009 seasons. Fuller’s four interception touchdowns rank fourth in team history behind Ken Houston (nine), Miller Farr (five) and Darryll Lewis (five).
• In 2009, Fuller set career highs with three interceptions and seven total passes defensed.
• In 2005 pre-draft workouts, Fuller measured a 4.43-second 40-yard dash and a 37-inch vertical jump.
• Fuller followed in the footsteps of his cousin Damien Russell by playing for Virginia Tech and then in the NFL. Russell played safety for the Hokies (1988-91) and the San Francisco 49ers (1993).
• During his sophomore year at Virginia Tech, Fuller’s cousin Jammal Smoot died in a fatal car accident. The two were very close, and Fuller has stated that not having his cousin in his life has been the most difficult experience he has been forced to overcome.
• After football, Fuller wants to further his education, even possibly attend law school. He also has an interest in coaching high school football.
• Fuller credits his experience as a quarterback at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore, Md., as one of the reasons for his aptitude in understanding offenses.
• The Baltimore, Md., native was orginally selected by the Titans in the fourth round (108th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.
• During his 50-game Virginia Tech career, totaled 142 tackles, a half-sack, 19 pass deflections, eight interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and returned blocked field goal 74 yards for touchdown.
• As senior, was All-ACC honorable mention selection, starting 13 games for ACC Champions. Moved back to free safety from cornerback and recorded 51 tackles, four deflected passes, three interceptions and a forced fumble.
• As junior, played in every game with three starts at cornerback. Recorded career-high 56 tackles, seven passes defensed, an interception, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.
• Graduated with degree in business information technology.
• Single, splits time between Nashville and Baltimore, Md.
• Played quarterback, free safety and cornerback while earning All-State, All-County, All-Metro, Prep Star (All-American) and USA Today honorable mention as a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore, Md. Concluded high school career with over 100 tackles and 10 interceptions on defense. Passed for 2,685 yards, including 28 touchdown passes, along with more than 1,000 yards rushing and 20 rushing touchdowns.
• Received All-State honors in track and the Unsung Hero Award in basketball during high school.
• Participated in Titans Caravan, “Read Across America” Week, David Thornton’s Cold Feet/Warm Shoes program, Cortland Finnegan’s “Karaoke for the Cure” to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphona Society and Titans Kids Club Day.
• List of favorites: (movie) “GoodFellas”; (TV show) “Pardon The Interruption”; (musical artist) Jay-Z; (video game) Madden; (food) Stoney River’s “legendary filet”; (actor) Denzel Washington; (vacation getaway) “being at home”; and (book) “Pride and Prejudice.”
• Born Vincent Fuller II on Aug. 3, 1982 in Baltimore, Md.