NASHVILLE – Jurrell Casey won’t get the big head just because he got his own bobblehead.
If anything, the Titans defensive tackle said he’s been humbled by the team’s gesture, which left him shaking his own head in amazement.
The Titans had a bobblehead made of Casey, in uniform, and Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk included it among her recent gifts to season ticket members.
Casey joined a star-studded list of former players in the team’s bobblehead collection. But he became the first active player to be chosen as a figurine. Eddie George, Steve McNair, Jevon Kearse, Kevin Dyson, Frank Wycheck and Keith Bulluck were the team’s previous bobblehead giveways.
Casey, who has been with the team since 2011, said he’s honored.
“That was actually a surprise, when I saw that, the list of guys who’ve had the bobbleheads,” Casey said. “To be the first active player to get one, that is definitely a blessing, and it shows the respect I get around the organization, I feel.
“I just want to try and keep living up to the hype and keep trying to make sure more good things come.”
Casey has been a key member of the team on the field, and in the community.
Casey has played in three Pro Bowls with the Titans, and he had a chance to play in three others. An injury kept him from being able to go last month, following a 2018 season when he finished with 72 tackles, a whopping 50 quarterback pressures, and a team-high seven sacks. Early in his career, Casey turned down a pair of chances to go as an alternate.
In his eight seasons with the team, Casey has recorded 46 sacks.
Casey was the team’s recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2018 for his work in the community. The prestigious NFL award has been in existence since 1970 and it honors players who demonstrate outstanding balance in their lives between civic and professional responsibilities.
He was also the team’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2016. He’s been a captain five years in a row.
Casey believes the makers of the bobblehead hit a home run in production.
Decked out in the all navy blue uniforms, a bearded Casey is smiling big in his No.99 uniform, pumping his fists, in white gloves.
Ryann Gray Casey, Jurrell’s wife, gave it a thumbs-up from the red carpet of the NFL Honors the night before Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.
“I loved it,” she said. “It represents his new look.”
Casey liked it, too, but he admitted there were a few hairy moments.
“Amazing. It’s amazing, man,” he said with a smile. “They put it on point. The crazy part about it is I didn’t know if they were going to be able to do it because the first prototype they showed me, I still had my hair.
“But when I told them to edit it and put the bald on there, they did a great job with it. I am happy with it. It came out well. The family loves it, and now I am just waiting to be able to donate them out. That’s the best thing about it. I want to pass those things out.”
TitansOnline.com looks back at defensive tackle Jurrell Casey's Pro Bowl season in 2018. (AP Photos)